BUFFALO, NY – The national recognition continues for University at Buffalo senior guard Cierra Dillard, as she was named espnW's national player of the week on Tuesday.
Dillard continued to fill up the stat sheet for the Bulls this past week, helping lift Buffalo to road wins at Eastern Michigan and Miami (OH). She averaged 34.5 points per game, while adding 5.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 4.0 steals per contest.
The senior set the single game school record with 43 points at Eastern Michigan, besting the previous mark of set by Brittany Hedderson in 2011, while also pulling down five rebounds and dishing out five assists on the night. The 43 points were the seventh-most points scored by a Division 1 player this season. At Miami (OH), Dillard led the team in scoring with 26 points, while dishing out 10 assists, grabbing five boards and adding three steals.
Dillard is currently tied for first in the nation in scoring at 25.9 points per game over the first 14 contests for the Bulls. The Rochester, NY native gets to the free throw line better than any player in the country as she is first nationally in free throws attempted and second in free throws made, going 111-of-139 to date from the charity stripe.
ESPN writers Charlie Creme, Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel each vote to determine espnW's national player of the week, which is awarded every week of the women's college basketball season.
Also nominated: Reyna Frost, Central Michigan; Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette; Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse; Bre Kavanaugh, Fordham; Aari McDonald, Arizona; Satou Sabally, Oregon; Alanna Smith, Stanford
Previous winners: Kristine Angiwe, Cal (Nov. 12) | Kierra Anthony, Louisiana Tech (Nov. 19) |Jackie Young, Notre Dame (Nov. 26) | Christyn Williams, UConn (Dec. 3) | Jenna Allen, Michigan State (Dec. 10) | Alana Smith, Stanford (Dec. 17) | Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon (Dec. 24) | Katie Benzan, Harvard (Dec. 31) | Kalani Brown, Baylor (Jan. 7).