WACO, Texas – With a strong desire to encourage and impact others, junior Karla Vasquez of University of the Southwest (N.M.) has garnered recognition as the Red River Athletic Conference Character Athlete of the Week for the dates of Jan. 19-25. This is the third award in a new weekly series that honors RRAC student-athletes who personify the NAIA Champions of Character program.
The ever expanding circles of influence for Vasquez begin with her Mustang volleyball team where she has played as a middle hitter for the last three years. Demonstrating what USW head coach Priscilla Morgan describes as a standard of conduct for the rest of the team to follow, Vasquez has put the needs of the team above her own, keeping commitments made to the coaching staff and her teammates.
WACO, Texas – Kourtney Pennywell of LSU Shreveport earned recognition as the Red River Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her performance over the dates of Jan. 19-25. This is the 11th weekly award of the 2014-15 RRAC women's basketball season.
The RRAC's leading scorer and rebounder, Pennywell continued her torrid pace with 20.0 points and 9.7 rebounds in a 2-1 week for the Pilots. She tallied 22 points and 14 rebounds on Tuesday as LSUS lost to in-state rival LSU Alexandria, 79-68. The sophomore forward notched 17 points while playing just over half of the minutes in a 106-19 victory over Paul Quinn College (Texas), and she added another double-double with 21 points and 10 boards to blast Texas College, 92-59, over the weekend. Pennywell, a native of Shreveport, La., connected on 24-of-41 shots from the field and 11-of-14 from the free throw line in the three games. She is now averaging 21.2 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for the season while remaining among the top five in field goal percentage and blocks. LSUS moved to 6-4 in conference play and 10-8 overall.
WACO, Texas – Darius Revels of the University of the Southwest (N.M.) grabbed the Red River Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week honor for the dates of Jan. 19-25. This is the 10th award of the 2014-15 basketball season.
Revels spurred the Mustangs with two 30-point outings in a pair of conference victories last week. The sophomore guard soared to 35 points and six steals to clinch an 89-85 overtime victory at the University of St. Thomas (Texas) on Friday. In another road game a day later, Revels accounted for 30 points and nine assists as USW upset 11th-ranked Our Lady of the Lake University (Texas), 95-90. The Richardson, Texas, native sank 22-of-41 shots from the field for the week, including 6-of-11 from three-point range. Revels is in the top 5 in four RRAC statistical categories including scoring (18.6 point per game) and assists (4.2 per game). The Mustangs evened their conference record at 5-5 while climbing to 11-8 overall.