Southland hails Collins as player of week

Published 2:29 pm Monday, February 8, 2016

Lamar sports information

BEAUMONT — Lamar senior guard Addesha Collins was named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the SLC office announced Monday.

The 5-foot-2 Collins averaged 22.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as the Cardinals claimed wins over Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word.  Collins had 22 points and career highs of 11 rebounds and five steals in LU’s 63-54 win over first-place Abilene Christian, handing the Wildcats their first conference loss. Two days later, Collins had 22 points and six rebounds in a 59-49 LU win over Incarnate Word.

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Collins shot 50 percent from the field and three-point range and 93.8 percent from the free-throw line.

“Addesha has been putting together some big games,” LU coach Robin Harmony said. “She is playing the way a senior should play.”

Collins, who is 28th in the nation in free throws made with 105, was also honored as the conference’s player of the week by She is the first LU player to earn women’s basketball player of the week honors this season.

The Cardinals (10-13 overall, 6-6 Southland) return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday when they travel to Houston Baptist for a Southland Conference game. The next home contest is 7 p.m. Feb. 18, when Stephen F. Austin comes to the Montagne Center.