West, Boothe win A-10 honors again
Basketball, tennis, swimming, rifle all in action over the weekend | February 3, 2003
Men's basketball player David West and women's baketball player Tara Boothe are taking control of the weekly honors from the Atlantic 10 Conference, as West was named player of the week for the third straight week and fourth time this season and Boothe was named rookie of the week for the fifth straight week and seventh time this season.
West's award came for his efforts in the University's 66-52 win at Richmond on Saturday. West hit 8-of-12 from the field en route to a game-high 20 points to go with a game-high 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Romain Sato added 19 points and Anthony Myles contributed a career-high 17 points. The win moved the team to 6-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference and 15-4 overall.
This is also West's 11th A-10 player of the week award for his career, the most by any player in league history. Former UMass star Marcus Camby held the previous record with nine citations.
Saturdays double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds was his seventh straight double-double and his 10th in the last 11 games. It was Wests 14th double-double of the season and the 60th of his career. Both figures are ranked first in NCAA Division I among current players. West is also just six rebounds shy of becoming the A-10's all-time rebounding holder, which is currently held by former George Washington star Mike Brown.
Boothe averaged 15.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last week, including a team-high 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in Friday night's 67-64 loss to Saint Josephs.
Boothe helped the team rebound from the loss on Sunday when she scored nine points in a 69-56 win over Fordham. Amy Waugh led the team with 26 points in the game, for her ninth 20-point performance of the year. Junior Aida Sarajlija scored a career-high 17 points on 8-for-8 shooting and Reetta Piipari also finished with nine points. The women's team is now 14-6 overall and 6-3 in the Atlantic 10.
Also over the weekend, the women's tennis team returned to the courts, sweeping three weekend matches, knocking off Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky on Saturday and shutting out Belmont on Friday. The teams record is now 5-1 in dual match play dating back to the fall season.
The rifle team also won this weekend, gunning down Ohio State.
The swim teams were also in the pool this weekend, with the women's team sweeping a pair of dual meets, while the men's team lost a pair of dual meets against IUPUI and St. Louis.