For the second time this season and for the sixth time in her career, Stetson University women's basketball senior guard Victoria McGowan (Inkster, Mich.) has been named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.
McGowan averaged 21.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 steals while leading the Hatters to three A-Sun victories last week.
At Kennesaw State on Wednesday, McGowan scored a career-high 33 points, including 20 in the second half, to help Stetson rally from a late 12-point deficit. She scored eight of those points over four consecutive possessions as the Hatters went from trailing by five to leading by three.
McGowan’s 33 points was the most by a Hatter since Nefertiti Walker scored 35 points vs. UNF on Mar. 2, 2006. It also ranked as the sixth-highest single-game points-total in school history and tied for the highest points-total for a Hatter in a road game. McGowan added to her stat line with 10 rebounds and a 15-for-17 performance from the free throw line, coming just one free throw shy of the school record in that category (16).
McGowan was held to five points in 19 minutes of action against UNF on Saturday, but the Hatter senior put forth a 27-point performance behind 11-of-17 shooting against Jacksonville on Monday. She hit five three-pointers on just seven attempts (.714), while adding six rebounds, six assists, and four steals.
A Sports Management major, McGowan leads the conference in scoring (18.1), three-point field goals made (33) and three-point field goal percentage (.478). She also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage (second), assists (third), and steals (fourth). Her three-point field goal percentage currently ranks her among the top 10 three-point shooters in the NCAA.
McGowan is the only player in school history and just one of 11 in Atlantic Sun history to earn the league's Player of the Week award six times.
Stetson (11-4, 4-0 A-Sun) has now won seven straight games overall and 12 straight at home. Currently tied for first in the league standings, the Hatters will look to stay hot on the road this weekend as they visit USC Upstate at 2 p.m. Saturday and ETSU at 7 p.m. Monday.
Note: On Monday, McGowan was named College Sports Madness A-Sun Player of the Week for the third time this season.