RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week for opening week of the basketball regular season. Southern Nazarene’s Jhonathan Dunn and Henderson State’s Pink Jones earned the honors after leading their respective teams to 2-0 weekends.
GAC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jhonathan Dunn, Southern Nazarene, G, Jr., San Antonio, Texas
Dunn led the Crimson Storm to a weekend sweep at the GAC/MIAA Central Region Challenge. Against Nebraska-Kearney, he went 8-for-14, grabbed 10 rebounds and made three 3-pointers. Against Washburn, a NCAA participant a season ago, he scored 15 points, 13 in the second half. For the event, he shot 56.5 percent from floor and 50.0 percent from the 3-point arc.
GAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Pink Jones, Henderson State, G, Jr., Fayetteville, Arkansas
Jones helped the Reddies pick up wins in Missouri against Southwest Baptist and Sioux Falls. In the season opener against Southwest Baptist, she went 8-for-15 with five rebounds, five assists and three steals. On Saturday, she totaled 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 96-83 win against Sioux Falls. She shot 58.6 percent from the field in the two wins.
Gabriel Divic, G, Harding (Led Harding in scoring in both games); CJ Elkins, G, Southern Arkansas (16.5 PPG, 3.0 APG); Rel Johnson, G, Henderson State (Went 11-for-15, including 6-for-6 from 3-point arc); Camron Talley, G, East Central (Recorded second-career 30-point game with 32 vs Southwest Baptist); Antonio Wade, G, Oklahoma Baptist (19.5 PPG, 60.0 FG Pct);
Darnell Wright, F, Arkansas-Monticello (16.0 PPG, 68.2 FG Pct at the GAC/NSIC Crossover)
Autumn Avina, G, Oklahoma Baptist (20.5 PPG, 8.0 APG, 14-for-20 FG); Ariana Guinn, G, Southern Arkansas (Averaged 9.0 points at the GAC/MIAA Crossover Challenge); Kellie Lampo, F, Harding (Made 16-of-25 shots and averaged 20.0 points in two games); Lakin Preisner, G, East Central (12.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG; double-double vs Central Oklahoma); Hayden Priddy, G, Southwestern Oklahoma State (16.0 PPG, 43.8 3-pt FG Pct)