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Clark collects Sun Belt hardware once again

Honor is her fourth this season, 14th of her career

February 2, 2009 · Athletic Communications

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Middle Tennessee junior forward Alysha Clark was voted as the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time this season it was announced Monday, Feb. 2 by the league office. The accolade is the 14th of her career overall.

Clark boasted one of her stronger weeks of the season, netting a career-high 40 points on 16-of-21 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws in the win over ULM Saturday. She became one of four Lady Raiders in program history to reach the 40-point plateau. The total also left her one shy of the Murphy Center record and four short of the overall school record.

The 40-point effort came in her first game after being named a Midseason Top-20 Candidate for the Wooden Award, college basketball's most prestigious individual honor. Clark was one of three players to be added to the midseason list and was the only name hailing from the Sun Belt.

She opened the week with her 10th double-double of the season, seventh in Sun Belt action and 48th overall for her career with a 15-point, 15-rebound outing in the Blue Raiders' victory against Louisiana-Lafayette Wednesday. She was the only player for either team to reach double-figure rebounding and the double-double came in just 24 minutes after she had reached the feat by halftime for the second time this season.

Clark currently leads the Sun Belt with a 24.2 points per game average and raises that mark to 25.2 ppg in league games only. Her 24.2 ppg rank second nationally, trailing only James Madison's Dawn Evans.

With the weekly honor, Clark joins Amber Holt (seven times), Chrissy Givens (six times), Patrice Holmes (four times) and Jamie Thomatis (four times) as Lady Raiders who have collected the accolade at least four times from the Sun Belt since MT joined the league in 2000-01. Only Amber Holt, with five in 2007-08, has received more during a single season than Clark's four this year.

Clark will join the rest of her Middle Tennessee teammates in an 8 p.m. Central Wednesday tip at Denver against the Pioneers. The Lady Raiders will enter the contest with a 19-4 overall and 11-0 Sun Belt record, including triumphs in their last 14 games to tie for the third-longest winning streak in the nation.

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