AIC's Watts Named National Women's Basketball Player of the Week

AIC's Watts Named National Women's Basketball Player of the Week


December 14, 2016

MANSFIELD, Mass. - Dana Watts of American International was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women's Division II National Player of the Week for the week ending December 11.

She becomes the third NE10 student-athlete to be recognized with a national award so far this season. Earlier this year, Le Moyne's McKayla Roberts and Southern Connecticut's Michael Mallory were recognized with the honor.

Watts, a 6-1 sophomore forward/center, was named the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week after averaging 24.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in three wins for the Yellow Jackets last week. She also shot 50 percent from the field and was 83.9 percent (26-of-31) at the free throw line, while adding 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals before game.

Watts began the week with 18 points and 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive end, in a 73-69 conference win over Le Moyne on December 6. Two nights later in a 76-70 non-conference win at Post, she totaled 28 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals, recording her fourth straight double-double and ninth of the year.

Watts closed out the week with 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting in a 65-59 NE10 victory at New Haven on December 10, while adding eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.

Watts is averaging 22.8 points and 12.2 rebounds per game to help AIC to an overall record of 8-3, which includes a 5-1 mark in the NE10.


Additional reporting for this release provided by the USBWA

The NE10 is an association of 15 diverse institutions serving student-athletes across 24 NCAA Division II sports. Together we build brilliant futures by embracing the journey of every student-athlete.

Each year, 4,500 student-athletes compete in conference championships, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.