Bearkats claim men and women’s SLC Player of the Week honors

On a weekend when the women once again found themselves on the losing end of conference play, junior Adah Wells served as a bright spot for the team by earning Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

The Kats’ (2-11) loss at Central Arkansas (4-7) on Saturday was overshadowed by a career-high scoring game of 23 points for Wells, who became the first Lady Bearkat to earn women’s basketball Player of the Week honors since Jan. 2004. A standout performance on Thursday resulted in a career-first double-double for Wells with 22 points and 15 rebounds in the victory over Northwestern St. (4-7).

Yet the story for the SHSU men’s basketball team has run a very different route from that of the women this season as the Bearkats are currently tied for second place in the SLC with a 9-2 record in conference play.

Junior Ryan Bright was named SLC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week following consecutive team-high scoring games with 27 points in the victory over Northwestern St. (7-3) on Thursday and 14 points in the defeat of Central Arkansas (2-9) on Saturday.

Despite trailing UCA at the half, the Bearkats came out with the win as Bright scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half.

This Wednesday, the Bearkats take on conference rival Stephen F. Austin St. in a Valentine’s Day show down at Johnson Coliseum at 7 p.m.

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