ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Keegan Ryan of St.
John Fisher College (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Jill Valley
of Westfield State University (Westfield, Mass.) were named the
U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National
Players of the Week for the week ending February 19.
Ryan, a 6-8 senior forward/center from Beekmantown, N.Y., helped
lead the Cardinals (20-5, 15-1) to a 3-0 week and to the Empire
8 Conference regular-season title. Over the three games, Ryan averaged
27.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.3 blocks while shooting
78.9 percent (30-of-38) from the field and 88.0 percent (22-of-25)
from the foul line. To open the week on Wednesday, he scored 33
points (11-of-14 FG, 11-of-11 FT) and added five rebounds, an assist
and a block in St. John Fishers 75-63 win over Elmira. Against
Stevens Tech on Friday, he finished with 28 points (12-of-17 FG,
4-of-5 FT), seven rebounds and two assists in a 94-86 overtime victory.
Then on Saturday in another overtime win (90-88 vs. Hartwick), Ryan
posted his 41st career double-double with 21 points (7-of-7 FG,
7-of-9 FT) and 10 rebounds while adding two assists. Also selected
the Empire 8 Player of the Week, Ryan has now moved into first place
on St. John Fishers all-time list with 962 career rebounds.
Valley, a 5-4 senior guard from Orange, Mass., helped lead the
Owls (17-8, 11-1) to a 2-0 week and to the Massachusetts State Collegiate
Athletic Conference (MSCAC) regular-season title. On Saturday, in
a 102-82 victory over Worcester State, Valley scored 52 points (19-of-27
FG, 12-of-14 FT, 2-of-5 3FG) in only 26 minutes the highest points
total of any player in NCAA Division III this season and a Westfield
State and MASCAC record. She totaled 21 points and made all of her
shots (8-of-8 FG, 3-of-3 FT, 2-of-2 3FG) in the fourth quarter.
Valley also added six rebounds, eight steals, three assists, and
one block in the contest. In her first game of the week on Wednesday,
she scored 12 points (3-of-9 FG, 6-of-8 FT), while adding six rebounds,
six steals and two assists in a 77-68 victory over Bridgewater State.
For the week, Valley averaged 32.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.0 steals,
2.5 assists, and 0.5 blocks while shooting 61.1 percent (22-of-36)
from the field, 81.8 percent (18-of-22) from the foul line and 33.3
percent (2-of-6) from downtown. Valley currently leads the MSCAC
in scoring (21.8 ppg).
Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division
III National Players of the Week. This is the third season that
the USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America
team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA
and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at
2016-17 USBWA Division III National Players of the Week
Week ending Nov. 20: Khory Moore, Virginia Wesleyan College and Camille McPherson, Moravian College
Week ending Nov. 27: Ty Sabin, Ripon College and Mikayla Miller, Gustavus Adolphus College
Week ending Dec. 4: Sam Amsbaugh, Simpson College and Sara Tarbert, Stevenson University
Week ending Dec. 11: Jayde Dawson, Amherst College and Zarkia Mattox, Ferrum College
Week ending Dec. 18: Anthony Mosley Jr., Illinois Institute of Technology and Emily Martin, Elizabethtown College
Week ending Jan. 1: Tyheim Monroe, Cabrini College and Lisa Murphy, Carnegie Mellon University
Week ending Jan. 8: Frank Schettino, College of Staten Island and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College
Week ending Jan. 15: Baba Waples, Penn State Berks and Garis Grant, Agnes Scott College
Week ending Jan. 22: Ty Sabin, Ripon College and Lisa Murphy, Carnegie Mellon University
Week ending Jan. 29: Marcos Echevarria, Nichols College and Kara Hageman, Case Western Reserve University
Week ending Feb. 5: Caleb Thomasson, Sul Ross State University and Kaitlin Langer, University of St. Thomas
Week ending Feb. 12: Brendan Wind, Nazareth College and Savannah Olsen, Newbury College
Week ending Feb. 19: Keegan Ryan, St. John Fisher College and Jill Valley, Westfield State University
Week ending Feb. 26: Ty Sabin, Ripon College and Katie Sommer, Wartburg College