Feb. 27, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico guard Julie Briody and UNLV forward Sherry McCracklin were named the Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Co-Players of the Week, marking Briody's second career honor and McCracklin's second.
Briody, a 6-0 junior from Lynnville, Ind., averaged 15.0 ppg. , 3.5 rpg., 2.0 steals and was a perfect 17-17 from the free throw line in two victories for New Mexico. Entering the two games, Briody was averaging 4.7 ppg. and 1.5 rpg in conference play. She came off the bench in both games to give the Lobos an offensive spark as they put together two of their four highest scoring games of the season. In the San Diego State game, Briody tied a career-high with 20 points in just 24 minutes, as she was the first player this season to lead the Lobos in scoring as a reserve. Her 20 points were important to the Lobos as leading scorer Dionne Marsh was injured just five minutes into the game and never returned. Also against the Aztecs, Briody grabbed a career-high five rebounds and had three steals.
McCracklin, a 6-2 senior from Hazel Crest, Ill., shot 7-of-11 from the floor at both 19th-ranked Utah, and at home against Air Force, helping the Lady Rebels split two games on the weekend. She also posted seven rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal at Utah. Against the Falcons, McCracklin added eight rebounds, three assists, a block, and three steals. For the week, McCracklin averaged 17.0 points and 7.5 rebounds, while collecting four assists, two blocks and four steals. She shot 63.6 percent from the field (14-for-22).