INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – Ryan Turell
of Yeshiva University (New York, N.Y.) and Claudia Cooke
of Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) were named the U.S. Basketball
Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week
for the week ending November 28.
Turell, a 6-7 senior guard from Los Angeles, Calif., led the
top-ranked (D3hoops.com) Maccabees (8-0) to a pair of victories
last week. On Tuesday, he posted a double-double of 26 points (9-of-18
FG, 7-of-10 FT, 1-of-2 3FG) and 13 rebounds while adding three assists,
three steals and a block in Yeshiva's 98-69 victory over Purchase.
Then, on Sunday, Turell set a program record by scoring 51 points
(21-of-30 FG, 1-of-1 FT, 8-of-15 3FG), the second-highest total
in NCAA Division III this season (the 17 field goals tied for season-high).
He added four rebounds, an assist, two steals, and two blocks in
the Maccabees' 78-56 win over Manhattanville. Turell, who leads
Division III in field goals made (148) and total points (229), averaged
38.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks
over the two games. He shot 62.5 percent (30-of-48) from the field,
72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the foul line and 52.9 percent (9-of-17)
from three-point range. For his efforts, Turell was also named Skyline
Conference Player of the Week.
Cooke, a 6-1 sophomore forward from Chesterfield, Mo, recorded
a pair of double-doubles in leading Kenyon (2-5) to two victories
last weekend. On Saturday, she totaled 18 points (8-of-13 FG, 2-of-2
FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three blocks in
the Ladies' 83-77 win over Muskingum. The next day, Cooke improved
on her double-double by scoring 19 points (9-of-12 FG, 1-of-3 FT)
and collecting 14 rebounds in Kenyon's 77-35 victory over Earlham.
She added three assists, a steal and four blocks in the contest.
Over the two games, Cooke averaged 18.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.0
assists, 1.0 steals, and 3.5 blocks while shooting 68 percent (17-of-25)
from the field and 60 percent (3-of-5) from the foul line. For her
efforts, Cooke was also named the North Coast Athletic Conference
(NCAC) 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
Week ending Nov. 28: Ryan Turell, Yeshiva University
and Claudia Cooke, Kenyon College
ending Dec. 5: Lyle Tipton, Geneva College and Meg Carroll, Lasell University
• Week ending Dec. 12: Ryan Turell, Yeshiva
University and Hanna Geistfeld, Bethany Lutheran College
Week ending Dec. 19: Luke Feely, University
of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Cayla Sharkey, Gwynedd Mercy University
Week ending Jan. 2: Jack Davidson, Wabash College
and Jenna Taylor, Simpson College
ending Jan. 9: Alex Sobel, Middlebury College and Aleah Grundahl, University of