NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference has announced that senior men's basketball player Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy) has been named the conference Player of the Week, while freshman Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fl.) and Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) have each been named Rookie of the Week for their respective teams.
With Monday's announcement, UMass Boston became the first institution this season to have earned three of the four major conference weekly honors for basketball. It also marked the first weekly honors for Jenkins and DeLucia, and the second straight for Morrison.
Jenkins weekly honor comes after averaging 32.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in the Beacons 1-1 week. The senior was solid from the field shooting 50% (21-for-42), which also included five 3-pointers. At the line he knocked down 18 of his 23 chances, which included a 12-for-16 showing in the overtime win over Suffolk University. Against the Rams, Jenkins nailed a game-changing 3-pointer midway through the overtime to help the Beacons to the 100-98 victory. Over the weekend, he tallied his third double-double of the season with 26 points and 14 rebounds in the 68-65 loss to Western Connecticut State University.
DeLucia also had a strong week for the Beacons, as he averaged 17 points and two assists per game. From the field the Miami native shot 45.5% (10-for-22), which included seven 3-pointers. Against Suffolk, DeLucia was instrumental in the opening minutes of the overtime, and gave the Beacons the early lead to help them to the non-conference victory. Against his first conference opponent, DeLucia was solid all afternoon finishing second on the team in scoring with 17 points in 30 minutes of action.
For Morrison she averaged an impressive 18 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, to help women's basketball to a 1-1 week. She started the week off with a game-high 15 points in the win over Wheelock College. She then posted her second double-double of the season on Saturday against Western Connecticut State University, with a combined 21 points and 11 boards.