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Lobos' Amanda Best Named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/07/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 7, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -¬ New Mexico guard Amanda Best has been named Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for games played from Feb. 28-March 6. It is the first-ever MWC weekly honor for Best.

Best, a 6-0 senior from Snohomish, Wash., led the Lobos to a split with BYU and Air Force last week. In the 65-49 loss to BYU on Tuesday, Best recorded 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists, her final home game at The Pit. Best recorded her third double-double of the season with 20 points and 21 rebounds on Saturday in a 73-70 overtime win at Air Force. Her 21 rebounds was a career-high that ties for 10th all-time in the UNM record book. She tied her career-high seven field goals made and attempted a career-high 18 field goals for a 38.9 field goal percentage and was 6-of-7 from the free-throw line and led the team with four steals and added three assists against the Falcons.

For the week, Best averaged 15.0 points, 14.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She shot .385 (10-26) from the field and .909 (10-11) from the free throw line.

This is the third player of the week award the Lobos have received this season. Senior Jessica Kielpinski and junior Porche Torrance were both honored earlier in the season.

2010-11 MWC Women's Basketball Players of the Week

Nov. 15 Janita Badon, Jr., PG, Utah
Nov. 22 Emily Carter, Sr., G, TCU
Nov. 29 Aubrey Vandiver, Sr., G, Wyoming
Dec. 6 Porche Torrance, Jr., G/F, New Mexico
Dec. 13 Helena Sverrisdottir, Sr., G/F, TCU
Dec. 20 Aubrey Vandiver, Sr., G, Wyoming
Dec. 27 Hillary Carlson, Sr., F, Wyoming
Jan. 3 Jessica Kielpinski, Sr., F, New Mexico
Jan. 10 Janita Badon, Jr., PG, Utah
Hillary Carlson, Sr., F, Wyoming
Jan. 17 Jessika Bradley, Sr., F, San Diego State
Jan. 24 Hillary Carlson, Sr., F, Wyoming
Jan. 31 Mindy Bonham, Sr., G, BYU
Hillary Carlson, Sr., F, Wyoming
Feb. 7 Michelle Plouffe, Fr., F, Utah
Feb. 14 Paris Johnson, Sr., C, San Diego State
Starr Crawford, So., F, TCU
Feb. 21 Kim Parker, Fr., G, BYU
Feb. 28 Helena Sverrisdottir, Sr., G/F, TCU
March 7 Amanda Best, Sr., G, New Mexico

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