Criner Named Conference USA Player of the Week
Junior Guard Takes First Weekly Honor of the Year for Women
Junior Kelsey Criner snagged the Mean Green's first player of the week award on Monday. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)
DENTON — Following one of the greatest individual efforts in North Texas women’s basketball history, junior Kelsey Criner has been named Conference USA Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
“It's a nice honor but it doesn’t make up for the loss,” Criner said. “I’m excited to get the honor with North Texas. It’s a higher level of competition than at the junior college level so I’m happy to be recognized.”
Criner fell a rebound shy of the program’s first triple-double in a 100-97 triple overtime loss to Rice on Sunday, finishing with 34 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 53 minutes of play. Her point total was good for the second-highest output in the league this season, and it included 30 points that came in the final 25 minutes of play.
The Dallas native’s exceptional weekend performance simply adds to what has been an effective season for the transfer from New Mexico Junior College. She leads C-USA in assists per game (5.1) and ranks among the conference’s top players in a number of other categories, including steals (2.2 spg, 7th in C-USA), 3-point field goal percentage (.450, 5th) and defensive rebounding (6.2 rpg, 9th).
Criner and the rest of the North Texas women’s basketball team will be back in action against Marshall at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, from Huntington, West Virginia.