December 12, 2011

HURT NAMED CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY LEAGUE, COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS

RICHMOND, Va. – After making a splash on the national scene last year, VCU senior forward Courtney Hurt seems to have found her groove once again.  On Wednesday, Hurt received a pair of weekly awards, earning Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week honors from both the league and national publication College Sports Madness.   

Hurt led all scorers with a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds in VCU's 62-49 triumph at East Carolina last Wednesday, posting her fourth-straight double-double.  She shot 62-percent from the field to go along with a pair of blocks, an assist and a steal.  Hurt also helped snap the Pirates' 12-game home winning streak, one shy of the program's all-time record, scoring 21 of VCU's 31 points in the second half.

The Conyers, Ga., native has been on fire of late, averaging 27.3 points, 11.2 rebounds and nearly two assists per game in her last six outings.  She currently ranks sixth in the nation in scoring (23.3 ppg), 22nd in double-doubles (4) and 24th in rebounding (10.1 rpg).

Hurt is also on the verge of rewriting VCU's record book.  Last year, she broke seven single-season records and is currently 230 points away from setting the school's 22-year-old all-time scoring mark of 1,750 points.  Hurt needs to average 10.5 ppg the rest of the year to accomplish the milestone.  At her current clip of 23.2 ppg, she is also on pace to become just the fifth player in CAA history, and first men's or women's player in VCU history, to reach the 2,000-point plateau.

Following a 10-day break for exams, VCU returns to the Verizon Wireless arena for back-to-back home games against Coppin State (Dec. 18) and Norfolk State (Dec. 21), before participating in the University of Miami Holiday Classic Dec. 28-29.