INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – Pat Dembley
of UT Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas) and Kwanza Murray
of Lincoln University (Lincoln University, Pa.) were named the
U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division II National
Players of the Week for the week ending November 24.
Dembley, a senior guard, claimed his first Division II National
Player of the Week honor after he set UT Permian Basin's home scoring
record with a 42-point performance in a 104-97 overtime victory
over Western New Mexico in the Falcons' Lone Star Conference opener.
He was only one point shy of the program's all-time scoring mark
of 43 points, which was set two years ago, and Dembley is now tied
for the highest-scoring game by an individual in the Lone Star Conference
this season. He shot 54 percent (13-for-24) from the field in the
victory, hitting 5-of-10 three-pointers and 11-of-13 free throws,
and he added 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal, and he scored 34
of his 42 points in regulation before scoring 8 of UTPB's 16 points
Dembley, a native of Minneapolis, Minn., is averaging 24.5 points,
3.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 2.3 steals per game, and he has scored
at least 20 points in four of the first seven games of the 2019-20
Murray was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
(CIAA) Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her performance
in the Lions' three victories last week, which included several
school records. Murray averaged 33.0 points per game, while shooting
66.1 percent from the field, including 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from
The senior guard opened the week with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting
with two rebounds, an assist and a block in a 75-66 win over West
Murray then poured in a school record 41 points on a school record
eight three-pointers in an 85-69 win over Shippensburg. She made
15-of-20 field goals, including 8-of-10 from long range and was
a perfect 3-for-3 at the free-throw line. Murray also set school
records for field goals in a game and three-point percentage in
a game (80 percent) in that win.
The Summerville, S.C., native closed out the week with 34 points
in a 74-63 win over conference foe Johnson C. Smith, netting 17
of those points in the final six minutes 58 seconds of the game.
Murray was 13-of-20 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range,
while also recording five rebounds and six steals.
In addition to her torrid offensive numbers, Murray added three
rebounds, two assists and three steals per game.
On the season, Murray is averaging 23.9 points per game and is
shooting 54.8 percent from the field for Lincoln, which is 7-1 overall.
Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division
II National Players of the Week. This is the sixth 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 Malcolm Moran
2019-20 USBWA Division II National Players of the Week
• Week ending Nov. 10: Andrew Sischo, Daemen College and Brianna Purcell, Saint Michael's College
• Week ending Nov. 17: Andrew Sischo, Daemen College and Kayla Marosites, Carson-Newman University
• Week ending Nov. 24: Pat Dembley, UT Permian Basin and Kwanza Murray, Lincoln University
• Week ending Dec. 1: Hasan Varence, Ohio Dominican University and Shannon Ryan, Saint Anselm College