Winthrop standouts named Players of the Week

Winthrop UniversityDecember 16, 2013 

Winthrop senior forward Joab Jerome has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, while women’s basketball standout Dequesha McClanahan picked up College Sports Madness’ Big South Conference Player of the Week.

Jerome scored 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting, including 2-for-3 behind the arc, to help Winthrop pick up just its second victory all-time against Appalachian State on Sunday. In addition to his 20 points, Jerome had five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and an assist in 22 minutes of action. He connected on a three-pointer with 2:55 to play in the game after Appalachian State pulled to within one point. He then collected a steal on the other end that resulted in points for the Eagles. Jerome also made two free throws with 46 seconds left to push Winthrop’s lead to seven points. He scored eight of his points in the paint, six behind the arc and four at the foul line. In the first half, Jerome scored seven points during a near two-minute stretch to cap off a 13-2 run for a 13-point advantage at the 13:09 mark. It was the third 20-point game of Jerome’s career.

So far this season Jerome has been one of the most consistent scorers for the Eagles as he’s tied for the team-lead in scoring at 13.6 per game. He’s shooting a solid 54 percent from the floor and is an impressive 13-for-22 (59 percent) behind the arc.

Senior point guard McClanahan has been selected the College Sports Madness Big South Conference Player of the Week for her 17-point and 10-assist performance against High Point last Saturday.

This honor marks the second time this season she has been named the player of the week by College Sports Madness.

While leading the Eagles to their Big South opening win, she became the all-time leading scorer in Winthrop history as she surpassed Charles Brunson’s career mark of 1,850 points that had stood since 1982. McClanahan now has 1,862 points and the 10 assists draws her to within six of becoming the all-time assist leader in Winthrop women’s history. The record is now 595 held by Sheilia Bailey (1988-92).

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