SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College guard Avery Woodson has collected MACJC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for his individual efforts during a pair of EMCC home victories a week ago.
Woodson, a University of Memphis signee, averaged 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the week in helping lead the EMCC Lions to convincing wins over William Carey College’s junior varsity team (118-60) and Mississippi Delta (86-45). In the two outings, he connected on 52 percent (17-33 FGs) overall from the field and 48 percent (13-27 treys) from beyond the three-point arc.
After totaling 23 points, including 7-of-15 three-point shooting, nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal against WCC’s JV squad, Woodson followed with 25 points (6-12 treys) and seven boards versus the MDCC Trojans.
For the season, Woodson is averaging a team-leading 16.0 points per game while ranking third on the club in rebounds (5.6 rpg) and assists (1.6 apg). With eight 20-point efforts on the year, the former all-state standout from Wayne County High School is shooting 46 percent overall from the field, 41 percent from the three-point arc and 74 percent from the charity stripe.
Carshava Sutton, of Northwest Mississippi Community College, was tabbed the MACJC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.
Following their impressive Monday road sweep over Northeast Mississippi, the East Mississippi basketball teams now prepare for Thursday’s crucial home doubleheader against rival Itawamba with both the MACJC North Division men’s and women’s titles possibly on the line. Thursday’s hoops twinbill on the Scooba campus is slated to get underway with a 5:30 p.m. women’s contest at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum, in which fans are encouraged to wear pink as part of the nation’s Play 4Kay initiative to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research in honor of the late North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow.
Coach Sharon Thompson’s 13-7 EMCC Lady Lions and ICC’s 12-8 Lady Indians are tied atop the division standings with identical 8-1 marks, though EMCC presently holds the tiebreaker edge by previously claiming a 74-70 double-overtime victory in Fulton last month.
Riding a current six-game winning streak, head coach Mark White’s EMCC Lions (15-4, 6-2) continue to track down ICC’s division-leading Indians (13-7, 8-1) after previously dropping a 107-103 double-overtime decision in Fulton on Jan. 21. The Lions, bidding for their fifth consecutive men’s division title, have not lost since falling at Itawamba three weeks ago.