The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has named Westmont's Tugce Canitez the NAIA Women's Player of the Week for her performances last week against No. 1 Vanguard and Hope International. In two games last week, Canitez averaged 24.5 points, 18 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
The award marks just the third time in program history that a Warrior has received national player of the week honors. Becky Gibbs was the first Warrior to receive the award on January 14, 2002. Megan Fate became the second on January 19, 2005.
Last Tuesday, Canitez scored 23 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and tallied four assists to help lead the Warriors to a 66-56 road win against then top-ranked Vanguard. On Saturday, the NAIA All-American tallied 26 points, a career high 20 rebounds and five assists against Hope International in a Warriors' 69-49 win.
Canitez, who was named the Women's Basketball Coaches of America NAIA Player of the Year last season, has scored 989 points in her year and one-half as a Warrior. With 11 more, she will become the tenth Warrior to reach 1,000 career points.