December 19, 2011

HURT, CARTER EARN CAA WEEKLY AWARDS

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU women's basketball is hitting its stride heading into the holiday season, posting wins in three straight and six of its last eight games.  The Colonial Athletic Association has also taken notice as the Rams swept the league's weekly awards on Monday.  Senior Courtney Hurt received her second straight CAA Player of the Week honor, while freshman Christina Carter garnered CAA Rookie of the Week accolades.

Hurt posted her fifth straight double-double with 30 points and 16 rebounds in VCU's victory over Coppin State on Sunday.  She went 13 of 22 from the field, while adding a team-best five steals, two assists and two blocks.  It was her second highest point total of the season.  Hurt has been on fire of late, averaging 27.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.9 steals in her last seven games.  The Conyers, Ga., native currently ranks fifth in the nation in scoring (24.0 ppg), 12th in rebounding (10.8 rpg) and 12th in double-doubles (5).

Carter, meanwhile, contributed a career-best 10 points and matched her career-high with six assists against the Eagles.  She also added a rebound and a pair of steals in her third straight start.  During her last three outings (34.0 minutes per game), Carter is averaging 7.0 points and a team-best 5.7 assists, while sporting a solid 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio.

VCU returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena on Dec. 21 against Norfolk State for its final home game of the 2011 calendar year.  Tipoff is set for 12 p.m.  The Rams then head to Coral Gables, Fla., to participate in the annual University of Miami Holiday Classic Dec. 28-29.


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