INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – Buzz Anthony
of Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, Va.) and Abbey Lawrence
of Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland Ohio) were named the
U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National
Players of the Week for the week ending November 21.
Anthony, a 5-11 senior guard from Arnold, Md., led the Yellow
Jackets (5-0) to a pair of impressive victories against ranked opponents.
On Friday, he scored a career-high 32 points (14-of-21 FG, 4-of-8
3FG) and added five rebounds, five assists and two steals in an
88-74 victory over No. 13 (D3hoops.com) Emory University in the
Great Lakes Invitational at Marietta College. Then on Saturday against
host Marietta, Anthony posted a double-double with 15 points (4-of-8
FG, 5-of-6 FT, 2-of-2 3FG) and a career-high-tying 13 assists (tied
for the second-highest total in any NCAA Division so far this season)
in an 82-74 win over the No. 3 Pioneers. Over the two games, Anthony
averaged 23.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 9.0 assists, and 0.7 blocks.
He shot 62.1 percent (18-of-29) from the field, 83.3 percent (5-of-6)
from the foul line and 60 percent (6-of-10) from three-point range.
For his efforts, Anthony was named to the Great Lakes Invitational
All-Tournament Team and was chosen Old Dominion Athletic Conference
(ODAC) Player of the Week.
Lawrence, a 5-10 senior guard/forward from West Caldwell, N.J.,
averaged 32 points in the Spartans' (2-4) three games last week.
She began her assault by producing program records of 45 points
and 17 field goals (17-of-25 FG, 8-of-9 FT, 3-of-8 3FG) while adding
six rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 91-67 victory over
Waynesburg on Tuesday. Lawrence scored 31 points (10-of-20 FG, 10-of-10
FT, 1-of-5 3FG), had six rebounds and a steal in a 72-63 loss to
La Roche on Friday. She capped off her week on Saturday with 20
points (6-of-20 FG, 4-of-4 FT, 4-of-7 3FG), seven rebounds, three
assists, and two steals in a 79-74 loss to Denison. For the week,
Lawrence averaged 32.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.0
steals. She shot 50.8 percent (33-of-65) from the field, 95.7 percent
(22-of-23) from the foul line and 40 percent (8-of-20) from three-point
range. For her efforts, Lawrence was named to the SpringHill Suites
Tip-Off All-Tournament Team and was selected University Athletic
Association (UAA) Player of the Week.
Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division
III National Players of the Week. The program has resumed after
a one-season hiatus and this is the seventh season that the USBWA
will recognize national players of the week from Division III.
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
2021-22 USBWA Division III National Players of the Week
• Week ending Nov. 21: Buzz Anthony, Randolph-Macon College and Abbey Lawrence, Case Western Reserve University