FIU's Coley nets Sun Belt Weekly Women's Basketball honors

From the Sun Belt Conference

FIU sophomore Jerica Coley has been named this week's Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Player of the week as announced on Tuesday.

Coley led FIU to a 2-0 performance last week as the Panthers extended their win streak to a season-best three games with wins over Lynn University and UCF.

Coley recorded 14 points against Lynn to lead three players in double-figure scoring, also chipping in with seven rebounds, a career-high-tying eight assists and three blocks.

Then, competing in FIU's second road contest of the season at UCF, Coley registered career-high marks of 33 points and 14 rebounds, as she out-scored the Knights all by herself for the opening stanza, 22-21. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native also produced four assists, two steals and one block versus UCF, going on to average 23.5 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per contest for the week. The 30-point outing versus the Knights marked Coley's third of the season, while her double-double at UCF marked the second of the season for the point guard, and fifth of her career.

For the season, the point guard leads FIU in four statistical categories – points (190, 23.8 ppg), rebounds (66, 8.3 rpg), assists (47, 5.9 apg) and blocks (27, 3.4 bpg) – as Coley ranks seventh in the NCAA in points-per-game, 10th in blocks-per-game and 16th in assists-per-game.

Around the Sun Belt Conference

A set of two teams sit tied atop both the Sun Belt Conference East and West Divisions in non-conference play.

In the East Division, South Alabama and FIU both have identical 5-3 records. FIU improved extended its win streak to a season-best three games last week with a home win over Lynn University (68-30) and a road victory at UCF (61-46). The Panthers out-scored their opponents by an astounding 129-76 (+26.5) margin and out-rebounded the opposition, 83-62 (+10.5). USA, meanwhile, closed the month of November with three-straight contest away from Mobile and is in the middle of a stretch in which the Jaguars will have just two home games - vs. Spring Hill (Dec. 7) and vs. Talladega (Dec. 10) - through the end of December. During that stretch, USA will have seven road contests. Through the first four games, South Alabama is 2-2.

In the Sun Belt West Division Denver and North Texas are off to 6-2 starts to the season. North Texas took home the Gene Hackerman Invitational title played last week at Rice. North Texas opened the tournament to knock off previously undefeated Oregon State for the Mean Green's first victory over a Pac-12 school since 1988 in the opening round, before beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 72-58 in the championship game. Denver, meanwhile, went 2-1 this past week as it recorded wins over regional rival Northern Colorado (66-57) and Montana (53-52), while falling to No. 20 Vanderbilt 77-56. For the season Kaetlyn Murdoch is first on the team with 17.0 points per game and a 54.6 shooting percentage.