For the second time this season, Stetson University senior forward Sasha Sims (Fayetteville, Ga.) has been named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week, and freshman forward Amber Porter (Woodbridge, Va.) has been named the league's Newcomer of the Week, it was announced on Monday.
Sims and Porter helped lead Stetson (8-4) to a perfect 3-0 week and the Hatter Classic Championship. Sims was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and Porter earned all-tournament team honors following the team's victories over Murray State and Nicholls State.
For the week, Sims averaged 20.0 points per game, shot 50% (22-44) from the floor and 53% (8-15) from behind the arc. On Tuesday, Sims scored a game-high 22 points, including a tie-breaking three-pointer with 4:43 to play, to help lift Stetson to a 83-81 victory over Charlotte. She hit another key jumper at the 2:35 mark and went 3-for-3 from three-point range for the game.
On Friday, Sims tied a career-high with 28 points and hit five three-pointers in the Hatters' 103-72 win over Murray State. She then registered 10 points, four rebounds, and four assists in Stetson's come-from-behind 74-65 win over Nicholls State on Saturday.
For the season, Sims leads the Atlantic Sun in scoring (18.6) and ranks third in three-point field goals made (24). She has scored in double figures in 19 straight games dating back to last season.
Porter, meanwhile, averaged 13.5 points, 16.5 rebounds, and 6.0 blocks per game in the two Hatter victories. She scored 14 points and grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds, 14 coming on the defensive glass, in Stetson's win over Murray State. On Saturday, she posted another double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds, while adding seven blocked shots and five steals against Nicholls State.
For the week Porter shot 46% (11-24) from the floor and 75% (9-12) from the line. She has an NCAA-leading 47 blocks on the season, already the fourth highest single-season total in school history and tied for the 13th highest career total in school history, after just 12 career games.
Sims has been named the league's Player of the Week three times in her career, including twice this season. A Hatter has earned the A-Sun Player of the Week award eight times during the 2013 calendar year out of a possible 17 weeks.
Porter has been named the league's Newcomer of the Week twice in the last three weeks. Freshman Brianti Saunders has also been earned the honor twice, giving the Hatters four Newcomer of the Week Awards in seven weeks this season.
Stetson is on a torrid pace at home, having won seven straight (5-0 this season), 23 of 24 and 35 of 37 games at the Edmunds Center. The Hatters have also won 17 straight home games against non-conference opponents.
Following a two-week break, Stetson will visit Florida Gulf Coast on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.