January 24, 2012

Baker Named USCAA Player of the Week

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Senior Nicole Baker today was named United States Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week after averaging 28.5 points and 11 rebounds in two games last week against fellow USCAA-affiliates The Apprentice School and Penn State-Fayette.

Baker began her torrent stretch last Wednesday at Apprentice (15-1)—the No. 2 ranked school in the USCAA—when she scored a season-high 29 points while connecting on 12-of-16 field goal attempts to go along with seven rebounds.

Behind Baker's inspiring performance, Southern Virginia nearly pulled off the upset at Apprentice, but fell just short in a 62-67 loss as the Shipbuilders remained undefeated at home (11-0).

Two days later, Baker followed up her 29-point outburst with a 28-point, 15-rebound performance at Penn State-Fayette leading Southern Virginia to a 83-76 victory over the Roaring Lions as the Knights collected their first win of the New Year.

Baker's game at Penn State-Fayette was highlighted by a 20-point second-half effort that helped the Knights overcome a double-digit deficit late in the game to snap a six-game slide.

In her past two games, Baker is shooting a scorching 70 percent (21-of-30) from the floor, 60 percent (3-of-5) from behind the arc and 92.3 percent (12-of-13) from the free throw line.

Baker leads the Knights in both field goal percentage (51.7) and free throw percentage (88.2) percent on the season.