Utah Valley Sweeps First 2009-10 Basketball Player of the Week Honors
Nov. 18, 2009
NAPERVILLE, Ill. - Utah Valley University claimed the first Great West Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors for the 2009-10 season. Jordan Swarbrick and Julie Smith were honored for their performances in the opening weekend of college basketball, and the awards were announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Swarbrick, a senior from El Dorado, Calif., won the men's award after posting a career high 20 points and nine rebounds in an 80-72 win over 2009 NCAA Tournament team North Dakota State. He also recorded four assists and a career-tying three steals. The 6-6 guard was also clutch at the freethrow line as he went 4-for-4 in the final 23 seconds to preserve the win. Swarbrick connected on 56 percent of his field goals, including 60 percent from beyond the arc, and 88 percent from the line.
On the women's side, Smith took the honor after scoring 38 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in a 71-53 loss at BYU and a 62-56 win over Mesa State. The Preseason GWC Women's Player of the Year hit on 52 percent of her field goals and 88 percent of her foul shots. She is a senior forward from Cardston, Alberta, Canada.
Others nominated for the men's award were Mario Flaherty (Houston Baptist), Jheryl Wilson (NJIT), Patrick Mitchell (North Dakota), Jake Thomas (South Dakota) and Jared Maree (UTPA).
Women's nominees included Brittany Maxey (Houston Baptist), Jessica Gerald (NJIT), Mallory Youngblut (North Dakota), Abby Kinder (South Dakota) and Rose Esther Jean (UTPA).