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IPFW's Hyde and Saint Francis' Taylor had outstanding weeks

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 3:54 am

The performances of IPFW women's basketball player Amanda Hyde last week did not go unnoticed. On Monday it was announced that she earned three Player of the Week honors.

College Sports Madness named Hyde the Madness Mid-Major Women's Basketball Player of the Week and the Madness Summit League Women's Basketball Player of the Week while she shared the Summit League Player of the Week honors with Ashley Luke from Western Illinois.

Hyde is the first IPFW women's basketball player to ever earn the Madness Mid-Major National Player of the Week honor.

IPFW went 2-0 last week including a win over nationally-ranked Michigan State. The senior from Defiance scored 23 points and dished out seven assists in the victory over the Spartans who were ranked 21st by the AP and 18th in the USA Today Coaches poll. Earlier in the week, she scored 41 points with eight rebounds and six assists in a win at SIU Edwardsville.

Hyde tied two single-game Summit League records in the SIU Edwardsville game – 18 free throws made and 21 free throws attempted.

USF forward honored

University of Saint Francis forward Akyah Taylor was selected Crossroads League Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.

The 5-foot-11 sophomore averaged 22 points and 12.3 rebounds to lead the 4th-ranked Cougars to a 3-0 record. Taylor was named to the Siena Heights University Thanksgiving Tournament all-tournament team after scoring 26 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the Lady Cougars' 76-56 win in the title game against 16th-ranked Siena Heights.