ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Madison Temple of Thomas More University (Crestview Hills, Ky.) was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Player of the Week for the week ending December 16.
Temple, a 6-0 senior guard from Cincinnati, Ohio, is receiving this honor for the second consecutive week after averaging a double-double and leading the No. 2 (D3hoops.com) Saints (13-0) to victories over two ranked teams. In an 80-56 victory over then-No. 19 Baldwin-Wallace on Friday, Temple scored 26 points and added eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in only 27 minutes. The next night, she posted a near-triple-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists (while adding a steal and a block) against then-No. 2 Hope in an 81-61 win on the Flying Dutch's home court. For the week, Temple averaged 20.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.5 spg, and 0.5 bpg. She shot 40.6 percent (13-of-32) from the field, 92.9 percent (13-of-14) from the line and 22.2 percent (2-of-9) from beyond the arc. For her efforts, Temple was also named American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) Player of the Week and Most Valuable Player of Hope's Post-Exam Jam.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.