Sullivan Snags Weekly NEWMAC Offensive Honor

Aretha Sullivan scored five of her 15 points in the final 1:17 to help the Cougars knock off UMass-Boston.
Aretha Sullivan scored five of her 15 points in the final 1:17 to help the Cougars knock off UMass-Boston.

Boston, Mass. – Clark University star guard Aretha Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) has been named New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball offensive player of the week it was announced on Monday afternoon by Executive Director Patrick Summers.

The award marks the second time this season that a Clark women's basketball player has earned the offensive player of the week honor, following the selection of Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) on November 21. It also marks the first time teammates have swept the awards in the same week with Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) picking up the defensive player of the week award as well.

In a 2-0 week for the Cougars, Sullivan was excellent, averaging 21.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the field.

On Wednesday in a 64-52 win at Coast Guard, she registered a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds - scoring 17 points in the third quarter when the Cougars broke the game open. In the victory, Sullivan shot 9-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-5 from behind the arc.

Then, in a 61-46 win at Nichols on Saturday, Sullivan was again effective, totaling 18 points and seven rebounds and two assists on 6-for-11 shooting in 35 minutes of action.

So far in her senior campaign, Sullivan is averaging 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists as the Cougars sit at 6-2.

Sullivan and the Scarlet and White will return to the hardwood on Tuesday when they wrap up their first semester of action with a home contest against Suffolk University. 

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