FRISCO, Texas – New Orleans’ Rehema Franklin is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.Franklin lifted the Privateers (2-2) to a perfect run last week, including an impressive double-double performance (14 points, 11 rebounds) on the road over Ole Miss, falling just three assists shy of a triple-double. UNO ultimately topped the Rebels 69-64 in the Privateers’ first win over an SEC opponent in 24 years.She opened up the week with 16 points over 12 minutes in a 91-31 home victory against Pensacola Christian. The senior guard put up balanced numbers for the week, averaging 15.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 3.5 assists.Franklin and the Privateers are back on the hardwood Thursday night at home against Louisiana. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. inside Lakefront Arena.Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Rehema Franklin, New Orleans – Sr. – Guard – New Orleans, La.Franklin opened the week shooting 7-of-10 with 16 points in a win at home over Pensacola Christian where she recorded a career-high seven assists over 12 minutes of play. She then followed up with a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with 14 points, seven assists and three steals in the Privateers’ impressive victory on the road against Ole Miss. The win over the Rebels marked UNO’s first victory over an SEC opponent since 1995.Honorable Mention: Adrian Mann, Nicholls; Alexes Bryant, Texas A&M-Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
The players and the coaching staff did not go to a fancy restaurant, but, as a semi-professional team, they had lunch at the Vega de Acá facility itself, specifically, in front of one of the doors that gives access to Tribune. The players shared a good chat time after the winter innings with a major challenge: Huesca, Cádiz, Fuenlabrada and Depor. Few people have more experience than José María Gutiérrez in the world of football. The Madrid coach is aware that the Almeria squad is not going through its best moment after just getting a point of the last nine, being already five games in which the rojiblancos have not shown their best version. Hence the preparer of Torrejón de Ardoz organized a meal at the Stadium of the Mediterranean Games itself after training.