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Suffolk Women's Basketball's Bourikas Named USBWA D3 National Player of the Week


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BOSTON – After crucial performances in a 2-0 week for the Rams, Suffolk women's basketball's senior co-captain Georgia Bourikas has named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Player of the Week for the week ending December 10. She was also named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week, as was Mount Ida College sophomore Valerie Martin

The Team of the Week presented by Scoutware is D3Hoops.com's weekly honor roll and has been recognizing the top performance at each of the five positions for the past 21 seasons. Bourikas is the first-ever player in Suffolk blue-and-gold to earn a spot on the coveted weekly honor roll. 

The Hull, Massachusetts, native takes home the recognitions after averaging 29.0 ppg on a 58.3 connection rate (21-36) from the field that including a 44.4 percentage (8-18) from behind-the-arc and a perfect showing (8-8) at the foul line. To go along with her offensive output, she passed out 3.0 apg and grabbed 9.5 rpg. 

Bourikas was a crucial ingredient to Suffolk's 2-0 week that helped the Rams stretch their win streak to five straight games. To open the action, she dropped a career-high 30 points, 26 of which came in the second half, on a 61.6 (11-18) shooting clip from the floor to help Suffolk's comeback 69-61 win at Fitchburg State. Her performance was not just offensive, however, with the 5-foot-8 guard, pulling down 11 rebounds to notch her second-ever collegiate double-double. Her 30 points are the most by a Ram since Chelsea Campellone dropped 43 in an 85-63 win over Lasell Jan. 23, 2016. 

In a 90-87 overtime thriller at Framingham State two days later, Bourikas produced 28 points, 22 of which came in the second half with 17 in the third quarter alone. She secured the win for the Rams at the line, putting a pair of freebies away in the extra session. To go along with her points, she finished the outing with eight caroms, five handouts and one steal. 

The laurels come on the heels of multiple weekly accolades for Bourikas including player of the week by the GNAC and the NEWBA, as well as a HeroSports.com DIII HERO of the Week nomination, which can be voted on here

Bourikas is making the most of her senior season, contributing a team-best 15.8 ppg and 4.6 rpg. She is on the verge of eclipsing the 1,000-point mark, sitting just 137 shy with 16 games remaining in the regular season. She has been a main reason to Suffolk's 7-2 start that includes a 2-0 league ledger, which is the first-time the blue-and-gold opened the conference slate 2-0 since the 2013-14 season. 

Bourikas and Suffolk looks to extend their win streak to six straight this evening as the Rams welcome Emerson to Regan Gymnasium for the first semester finale. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. and serves as the opener of a Suffolk basketball doubleheader with the men's team taking the hardwood in the nightcap at 7 p.m. against UMass Boston.