2022-23 Women's Basketball Players of the Week

2022-23 Women's Basketball Players of the Week

Players of the week are evaluated on their performance during the week prior to the announcement. Each player is selected out of a pool of conference and Independent Institution award winners.


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Week 10 (February 21, 2023)

Player of the Week: Stefanie Berberabe, Westmont (Calif.)

    Berberabe tallied the third triple-double of the season, and the fourth of her career, in Saturday's game against Jessup to led Westmont to a GSAC Regular Season Championship. Berberabe leads Westmont in scoring this season, averaging 14.5 points per game. The versatile guard is Westmont's career leading scorer with 1,658 points and ranks second in career assists (581), second in career steals (316), and, at 5-4, fifth in career offensive rebounds (252)

Nominees: Kami Walk, Southern Oregon; Ryley Kehr, Montana State-Northern; Konnor Sudmann, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Elise Young, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Rachel Satterly, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Sandra Cannady, Loyola (La.); Ella Skeens, Rio Grande (Ohio); Konnor Gambrell, Huntington (Ind.); Tianna Ayulo, Florida Memorial (Fla.); Paige Tate, Lyon (Ark.); Claire Austin, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Savannah Walsdorf, Dakota State (S.D.); Jada Haines, Northwestern Ohio; McKenzie Lathrom, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Miya McKinney, Louisiana Christian; Anna Gliatta, Brenau (Ga.); Stefanie Berberabe, Westmont (Calif.); Kyla Moore, Iowa Wesleyan; Jenna Cooper-Jackson, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Karsen Schultz, Sterling (Kan.)


Week 9 (February 14, 2023)

Player of the Week: Grace Beyer, Health Sciences & Pharmacy (Mo.)

    Beyer scored 115 points over three games this week to average 38.3 ppg. She went 32-33 from the free throw line, shot at 45% from the arc, and averaged 6.7 rebounds per game.

 Nominees: Myia Yelder, Philander Smith (Ark.); Jayla Reliford, Park- Gilbert (Ariz.); Kaitlynn Wilks, Campbellsville (Ky.); Yeika Jimenez Diaz, Tennessee Wesleyan; Brynley Fitzgerald, Montana Western; Octavia Lowery, Crowley's Ridge (Ark.); Jordan Zrust, Mayville State (N.D.); Sandra Cannady, Loyola (La.); Hannah DeMars, Jamestown (N.D.); Aliyah-Deen Ahmad, Florida Memorial (Fla.); Natalie Smith, John Brown (Ark.); Alize Tripp, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Miya McKinney, Louisiana Christian; Grace Beyer, Health Sciences and Pharmacy (Mo.); Leah Johnson, Central Methodist (Mo.); Peyton Banks, Siena Heights (Mich.); Halle Si'i, Vanguard (Calif.); Sarah Martin, Indiana Northwest; Nicole Brown, Ottawa (Kan.); Kaylee Darnell, Rio Grande (Ohio); Callie Stevens, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)


Week 8 (February 7, 2023)

Player of the Week: Grace Beyer, Health Sciences & Pharmacy (Mo.)

   Beyer led the Euts to two AMC victories this week and into a tie for first place in the Conference. She averaged a double double with 39 ppg and 10 rpg, along with two assists and two steals per game.

 Nominees: Madison Evans, Brewton-Parker (Ga.); Aliyah-Deen Ahmad, Florida Memorial (Fla.); Trel'Shawn Smith, MidAmerica Nazarene; Amerah Steele, Cumberlands (Ky.); Jada Haines, Northwestern Ohio; Damilola Sule, UC Merced (Calif.); Zoe Rust, Tabor (Kan.); Taysha Rushton, Concordia (Neb.); Karlee Feldman, Grace (Ind.); Maya Buckhanon, Fisk (Tenn.); Isabell West, Iowa Wesleyan; Melissa Akullu, Vanguard (Calif.); Jordan Pyle, St. Francis (Ill.); Emmy Ralph, Indiana Southeast; Ashlyn Diemert, Valley City State (N.D.); Lexi Mitchell, College of Idaho (Idaho); Jamie Pickens, Carroll (Mont.); Breasia Mathews, Texas A&M-Texarkana (Texas); Grace Beyer, Health Sciences and Pharmacy (Mo.); Mariya Williams, Montreat (N.C.); Shy Christopher, Mid-America Christian (Okla.)


Week 7 (January 31, 2023)

Player of the Week: Ella Skeens, Rio Grande (Ohio)

   50 points vs. Asbury broke a 36-year-old single-game school scoring record. ...Could have had 50 against IUE, but minutes were limited down the stretch. ...By the way, almost averaged a double-double.


Nominees: Sarah Martin, Indiana Northwest; Miya McKinney, Louisiana Christian; Nicole Brown, Ottawa (Kan.); Chinna Fair, Antelope Valley (Calif.); Maya Buckhanon, Fisk (Tenn.); Daryna Bachkarova, Central Methodist (Mo.); Allie Stone, Pikeville (Ky.); Grace Beyer, Health Sciences and Pharmacy (Mo.); Celeste Mershimer, Rochester (Mich.); Mak Hatcliff, Doane (Neb.); Jamie Pickens, Carroll (Mont.); Stefanie Berberabe, Westmont (Calif.); Octavia Lowery, Crowley's Ridge (Ark.); Jordan Zrust, Mayville State (N.D.); Destanee Wright, Middle Georgia State; Ella Skeens, Rio Grande (Ohio); Lilli Frasure, Indiana Wesleyan; Aliyah-Deen Ahmad, Florida Memorial; Destiny Kassner, Bryan (Tenn.); Kami Walk, Southern Oregon

Week 6 (January 24, 2023)

Player of the Week: Melissa Akullu, Vanguard (Calif.)

   Melissa Akullu had a monster week in wins over Bethesda and Life Pacific. She averaged 36.0 points, 16.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals while shooting 74.4 (32 of 43) percent from the field. She had a career-high 40 points in the 119-45 win over the Flames. She made 17 of 25 floor shots and pulled down 14 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end. She followed that up with a 32-point, 18-rebound double-double against the Warriors and shot 15 of 18 overall. Akullu now has 10 double-doubles on the season.


Nominees: Tarrah Stephens, John Brown (Ark.); Malia Jacobs, Bacone (Okla.); Maddie Gerritz, Carroll (Mont.); Caroline Boehne, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Grace Beyer, Health Sciences and Pharmacy (Mo.); Angel McRae, Brewton-Parker (Ga.); Jes Mertens, Mayville State (N.D.); Mariya Williams, Montreat (N.C.); Caryn Yoder, Bethel (Kan.); Beverly Slater, Eastern Oregon; Hannah Kash, Alice Lloyd (Ky.); Karlee Feldman, Grace (Ind.); Hannah DeMars, Jamestown (N.D.); Morgan Stamper, Pikeville (Ky.); Leianya Massenat, Central Methodist (Mo.); Peyton Banks, Siena Heights (Mich.); Tianna Ayulo, Florida Memorial (Fla.); Maya Buckhanon, Fisk (Mass.); Damilola Sule, UC Merced (Calif.); Miya McKinney, Louisiana Christian (La.); Melissa Akullu, Vanguard (Calif.)


Week 5 (January 16, 2023)

Player of the Week: Grace Beyer, Health Sciences & Pharmacy (Mo.)

   Beyer scored 59 points in the Eutectics' first-ever victory over Columbia on Thursday, breaking her own UHSP record and just missing the NAIA record of 62. Her 23 made field-goals (on 34 attempts) was also a new UHSP record. For the week, she made 7-of-9 from the arc for 77.8% 3-pt shooting, and averaged 42 points, 4.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and two steals over two games. 


Nominees: Trinity Vasquez, Westcliff (Calif.); Maya Buckhanon, Fisk (Tenn.); Jaynee Prestegaard, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Karlee Feldman, Grace (Ind.); Miracle Spotted Bear, Haskell (Kan.); Allie Stone, Pikeville (Ky.); Leah Johnson, Central Methodist (Mo.); MJ Case, Southwestern Christian (Okla.); Taylor Leatherman, Concordia (Mich.); Callie Stevens, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Tavia Rooney, Montana Tech; Destiny Kassner, Bryan (Tenn.); Emilee Hope, Oakland City (Ind.); Grace Beyer, Health Sciences and Pharmacy (Mo.); Elsie Aslesen, Dakota State (S.D.); Jaida Burgess, Webber International (Fla.); Karsen Schultz, Sterling (Kan.); Sophia Peppers, Morningside (Iowa); Nequoia Adams, Faulkner (Ala.); Diamond Sweats, Texas A&M-Texarkana; Kiara Brown, Menlo (Calif.)

Week 4 (January 10, 2023)

Player of the Week: Kaylee Clark, Williams Baptist (Ark.)

  Against CBC, she broke the school record for most three-pointers made in a game with 11 and most points in a game with 40. Tied the school record for most FGs made in a game with 14.


Nominees: Lilli Frasure, Indiana Wesleyan; Jaci Littell, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Aliyah-Deen Ahmad, Florida Memorial; Maya Buckhanon, Fisk (Ala.); Sandra Cannady, Loyola (La.); Madison Chappel, Park-Gilbert (Ariz.); Terra Cook, CIU; Madelyn Deitchler, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Alanis Delgado, Saint Mary (Kan.); Kam Elzy, Shawnee State (Ohio); Brynley Fitzgerald, Montana Western; Kayla Hinton, Siena Heights (Mich.); Mackenzie Hughes, Mayville State (S.D.); Leah Johnsonson, Central Methodist (Mo.); Janelisse Marty Marrero, Florida National; Jordan Pyle, St. Francis (Ill.); Destanee Roblow, LSU Shreveport (La.); Ella Skeens, Rio Grande (Ohio); Olivia Sprague, Oregon Tech

Week 3 (January 3, 2023)

Player of the Week: Grace Beyer, Health Sciences & Pharmacy (Mo.)

  Beyer scored 45 points and added four steals, three rebounds, and three assists, in the Eutectics' 77-66 victory at Midland University (Neb.) on Saturday. She shot 53.8% from the field, and was a perfect 16-16 for free throws. According to Midland's website and live broadcast announcers, Beyer's 45 points was an unofficial record for a women's game inside the Wikert Event Center.


Nominees: Dezeree White, Midway (Ky.); Jordyn Manning, Tougaloo (Miss.); Deyliana Lewis, UC Merced (Calif.); Peyton Banks, Siena Heights (Mich.); Jasmine Edwards, Warner (Fla.); Hunter Gibson, Crowley's Ridge (Ark.); Karsen Schultz, Sterling (Kan.); Carmen Taylor, Blue Mountain (Miss.); Maddie Holm, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Kassie Monday, Cumberlands (Ky.); Shyan Krass, Montana State-Northern; Karlee Feldman, Grace (Ind.); Claire Austin, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Miranda Hennings, Bellevue (Neb.); Mak Hatcliff, Doane (Neb.); Mirial Cannon, Point (Ga.); Grace Beyer, Health Sciences and Pharmacy (Mo.); Shy Christopher, Mid-America Christian (Okla.)


Week 2 (December 13, 2022)

Player of the Week: Alicia Porter, Cal Maritime (Calif.)

  Alicia Porter scored 41 points, the fourth-highest single-game total in Cal Pac history (doubles as the highest total this season), on 15 of 24 shooting, when Cal Maritime squared off against rival Pacific Union. By finishing with a game-high 12 rebounds, she posted her fifth double-double of the season through the Keelhaulers' first seven games. Entering the third week of Cal Pac action, the junior guard/forward leads the league in scoring at 29.3 ppg (the NAIA's No. 2 average) and ranks second in rebounds per game with her 12.4 figure (No. 8 among all NAIA players) ? 0.3 rpg behind the league's top spot.


Nominees:Tarrah Stephens, John Brown (Ark.); Caroline Citty, Central Baptist (Ark.); Jalaya Dowell, Oakland City; Ellie Sander, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Briaunna McCullough, Montana State-Northern; Shiane Talley, Hope International (Calif.); Karlee Feldman, Grace (Ind.); Ella Larsen, Grand View (Iowa); Mackenzie Stein, Cornerstone (Mich.); Natalia Leguizamon, Viterbo (Wis.); Diamond Hawthorne, Wiley (Texas); Fapou Semebene, Life (Ga.); Mahpiya Irving, Haskell (Kan.); Paige Pendley, Saint Mary (Kan.); Alicia Porter, Cal Maritime (Calif.); Kylie Meadows, Bluefield (Ky.); Samantha Pacheco, Webber International (Fla.); Kaitlynn Wilks, Campbellsville (Ky.); Natalia Trevino, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Jordan Pyle, St. Francis (Ill.); Diamond Hawthorne, Wiley (Texas); Mak Hatcliff, Doane (Neb.)


Week 1 (December 6, 2022)

Player of the Week: Ella Skeens, Rio Grande (Ohio)

  Ella had a terrific week for Rio Grande averaging a double-double in two games. She started the week with a 30 point, 13 rebound performance against Point Park and ended the week with 38 points, 14 rebounds against WVU Tech (W. Va.)

Nominees: Briaunna McCullough, Montana State-Northern; Tiana Ayulo, Florida Memorial; Maddie Jones, Northwestern (Iowa); Kertisa Amos, Texas Wesleyan; Zutorya Cook, Central Methodist (Mo.); Jaydn Hoover, Bluefield (Ky.); Sandra Cannady, Loyola (La.); Taylor Westgate, Taylor (Ind.); Tiara Jackson, IU Northwest (Ind.); Damilola Sule, UC Merced (Calif.); Allison Byars, Lyon (Ark.); Isabell West, Iowa Wesleyan; Miranda Hennings, Bellevue (Neb.); Kyra Whitaker, Indiana Tech; Kassie Monday, Cumberlands (Ky.); Karsen Schultz, Sterling (Ky.); Adrianna Belton, Paul Quinn (Texas); Ella Skeens, Rio Grande (Ohio); Olivia Sprague, Oregon Tech


2021-22 NAIA Women's Basketball Players of the Week
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