East Tennessee State sweeps SoCon Player of the Week honors

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 27, 2004) - The Southern Conference announced on Tuesday that East Tennessee State University junior Tiffani Mayes (Sumter, S.C.) has been named the SoCon Women's Basketball Player of the Week, while senior Zakee Wadood (Lonoke, Ark.) has been named the SoCon Men's Basketball Player of the Week. It marks the second time this season that Mayes and Wadood have been honored with the award. Mayes, a 6-foot-2 center, averaged 15.5 points and 17.0 rebounds per game last week. She started the week with 21 points and 15 rebounds in an 80-65 win at Wofford on January 24. Mayes shot 61.5 percent (8-13) from the floor and added two assists in the win. She then finished the week with 10 points and 19 rebounds against Furman on Jan. 26. Mayes' 19 rebounds was a career-high and the most by a women's basketball player this season in the SoCon. She currently leads the league in rebounding, averaging 9.9 rebounds per game. The Lady Bucs own an 8-9 record overall and are 8-4 versus conference opponents. Wadood, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward, averaged 21.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in helping ETSU to a pair of wins last week over Davidson and Appalachian State. With those wins, the Bucs remained unbeaten in Southern Conference play and hold sole possession of first place in the league's North Division with a record of 7-0 SoCon, 15-4 overall. With a game-high 25 points and four rebounds, Wadood led the Bucs to a 75-70 win over Davidson on Jan. 21, hitting on a career-high four 3-point goals. Against Appalachian State, Wadood picked up his 24th career double-double with 12 rebounds and 18 points. For the week, Wadood scored 43 points and had 16 rebounds, while converting on 16-of-28 field goals - going 6-of-10 from 3-point-range. In addition, he registered six assists, four blocked shots and four steals. Heading into tonight's game at home against Wofford (7 p.m. tipoff), Wadood is leading the team in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg). The Bucs will also play this week at Western Carolina (Jan. 31, 7 p.m.) and host UNC Greensboro (Feb. 2, 7 p.m.). Meanwhile, the ETSU women will host Chattanooga this Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. Saturday is also "Girls Day Out" at Memorial Center. For more information on the promotion, please call Julie Thornton at East Tennessee State at 439-4346
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