WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (MidSouthCC.edu) - Mid-South Community College freshman Kierra Adams has been named National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Women's Player of the Week for games played Jan. 13-20.
Adams averaged 25.6 points, 16.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and one assist per game in contests against Division I opponents Dyersburg State and Jackson State and Division II foe North Arkansas College.
"I'm proud of myself. It shows that when you work hard, good things come," said Adams, a graduate of West Memphis High School. "We played three very, very hard games, especially against Dyersburg and Jackson State. Last-minute shots counted; free throws counted. It made me play harder when our team was down."
"I tried to do what I could to keep us in the games. I tried to encourage my teammates to not give up and keep going strong. And I appreciate my teammates for not giving up on me when the score was tight."
After reviewing Adams' stats from the three most recent games, Lady Greyhounds Coach Kim Ezell decided to nominate her center for Player of the Week honors.
"I had no idea if she would get it because the previous winners had been pretty tough, a lot of them averaging double doubles," Ezell said. "But I thought she had a really good chance for it because she had three great games."
Before last week's contests, Adams averaged 18 points, nine rebounds, and one block. "She really stepped it up for us those three games, and we really needed her," Ezell said. "I'm excited for her and proud of her for working so hard."
"I knew she was capable of being a good scorer, and her defense is getting a lot better. She's really stepped it up and is getting accustomed to the competition. From high school to college is a completely different level. Basketball's not easy, especially at this level where we're Division II and playing a lot of Division I teams, but Kierra has been transitioning well."
Ezell pointed out that Adams would not have been a nominee for the award without the contributions of her teammates.
"Not only am I proud of Kierra, I'm proud of her teammates," Ezell said. "They all had their role in making history (including the team's first-ever win over NorthArk) with her. If they didn't work together on the floor, play hard, and stay focused, she would not be where she is."
"I am proud of our team for stepping it up this year and continuing to make Lady Greyhound history. Last week was an outstanding week for us, and now we need to keep it going."
MSCC's women will host Division I Arkansas Baptist on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the "Dog House." The Lady Buffaloes have a record that is similar to the Lady Greyhounds', and they defeated NorthArk 79-69 on Jan. 16. Tipoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 2 p.m. The men's game will follow at approximately 4 p.m.