Feb. 11, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech sophomore guard Kelia Shelton has been named Western Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10. This is her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.
She was also named the runnerup for the ESPN.com National Player of the Week award, which went to Kentucky's A'dia Mathies.
The Rock Hill, S.C. native averaged 33.5 points and 9.5 rebounds on the week. Shelton shot 62 percent (24-of-39) from the field and 67 percent (6-of-9) from three-point range. In LA Tech's 79-73 win over UTSA, which entered the game ranked 36th nationally in field goal percentage defense and 42nd in scoring defense, she scored 45 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The 45 points is a WAC single-game record, breaking the previous 22-year-old mark of 44 and is the most points scored by any Division I player this season. It is also the second most ever scored by a Lady Techster, trailing only Sheila Ethridge's 47-point performance against Texas-Pan American in 1991.
Shelton followed it up with 22 points and 11 rebounds at Texas State, her third double-double of the season. She entered the week averaging 12.4 points on 37.4 percent shooting and 6.5 rebounds per game and her previous high in scoring was 26 points.
Other nominees included: Denver's Kailey Edwards averaged 14 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists on the week ... Alyssa Charlston of Idaho averaged 17.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks per game as the Vandals went 2-0 on the week ... New Mexico State's Stefanie Gilbreath averaged 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.5 blocks on the week ... Sylvia Shephard of Seattle U averaged 18.0 points on 71 percent shooting and 5.5 rebounds per game as the Redhawks went 2-0 on the week ... UT Arlington's Desherra Nwanguma averaged 10.5 points on 67 percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 steals as the Mavericks went 1-1 on the week ... Whitney York of UTSA averaged 12.5 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds as the Roadrunners went 1-1 on the week ... Utah State's Devyn Christensen of finished with 17 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals and became the Aggie's all-time leading scorer in a win over San Jose State.