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In the Mississippi Valley,
In the Crescent Bend
Stands our loved and noble Xavier,
Far her praises send.
Wave her colors bear them onward
Gold and white so true
Hail to thee, all hail, dear Xavier
Hail, all hail, X.U.!
Xavier, ever be our guide
And lead us on the way,
Through life's journey, onward, upward
To the eternal day. (Refrain)
named NAIA Division I Player of the Week, and Wednesday she was
the Division II winner in the Heritage Sports Radio Network National Player of the
Week Fan Poll with nearly 70 percent of the online vote.
When it comes to awards,
XU's Powell is most four-tunate
January 27, 2010
NEW ORLEANS — Brittany Powell's awards collection
has grown considerably this month and exponentially this week.
The Xavier University of Louisiana women's basketball
standout has received four player-of-the-week awards in three days after averaging
28 points in two Gold Nuggets victories.
On Monday Powell was chosen Gulf Coast Athletic
Conference Player of the Week by the league's sports information directors and
Louisiana Player of the Week by a Louisiana Sports Writers Association panel. On
Tuesday she was
It was the second straight week and the third time
in four weeks that Powell won the GCAC award and the second straight week
she won the Heritage Sports honor. Powell also won the Louisiana award in
December 2008, but the NAIA national award is a first for the 6-foot senior
forward/center from Milwaukee and graduate of Divine Savior Holy Angels High School.
"I'm pretty sure it's the first time any of my players
won the NAIA award," said Bo Browder, in his 11th season as the Gold Nuggets'
coach. "The way BP has been playing, she just might win it again."
Powell leads the team with 14.8 points per game, but
her past three games have been remarkable: 29 points at Mobile, 27 at home
against William Carey — those are the Nuggets' top two individual totals
of the past six seasons — and 26 points and a season-best 11 rebounds Monday
in a home victory against Loyola, the three-time defending GCAC regular-season
champion. Powell's basket against Loyola with 2:30 remaining put Xavier ahead to stay.
After averaging 9.7 points and 4.9 rebounds and shooting
45 percent from the floor in the first seven games this season, Powell has
averaged 17.8 points and six rebounds, shot 59 percent from the floor and
80 percent from the line in the past 12 games. The free-throw percentage is
comparable to her early-season stats, but Powell has nearly doubled her free-throw
attempts since Christimas.
"I'm shooting free throws a lot better," Powell said.
"I've gotten a lot better finishing around the basket. I'm just working more
to get open."
Powell says another factor in her recent success was
encouragement from teammates at a players-only "come-to-Jesus meeting" —
that was Powell's description — before the first GCAC game.
"I was always hearing from my coaches how much they
wanted me and needed me to play well," Powell said. "I had never heard it
from my teammates until that meeting."
That meeting has been good for many. After losing five
times by an average of 2.6 points in the final six games before the conference
schedule, the Nuggets (14-5) have won their first seven GCAC games and climbed
to No. 23 in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 poll. They hold a two-game
lead over LSU-Shreveport and William Carey entering Thursday's 5:30 p.m.
GCAC game against Belhaven at The Barn.
Powell led the Nuggets with 11.8 points per game and
was second with 6.1 rebounds in 2008-09, her first at Xavier after
transferring from NCAA Division I San Jose State. She was Xavier's
lone All-GCAC selection and an honorable-mention NAIA D-I All-American.
"BP did a nice job for us last year," Browder said.
"But I've felt all along that she's capable of a lot more."