Clark collects Sun Belt Player of the Week honor again

Ninth accolade as a Blue Raider for All-American

December 22, 2009 · Athletic Communications

NEW ORLEANS - Middle Tennessee redshirt senior forward Alysha Clark earned her second straight, and third of the season, Sun Belt Player of the Week accolade it was announced by league office Tuesday. The December 22 honor is the ninth overall of her Blue Raider career, extending her school record.

Clark moves within three of the overall mark established by Western Kentucky's Crystal Kelly over a four-year career from 2004-05 through 2007-08. Clark's nine honors in just over a year-and-a-half has already topped the seven garnered by former Blue Raider record holder Amber Holt in her two seasons at Middle Tennessee.

The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native led the Blue Raiders to a 68-54 victory over Western Kentucky Sunday in the team's only game of the week. She tallied 37 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, 10 on the defensive glass, to lift Middle Tennessee to a 10-0 ledger in league home openers and 8-2 in overall conference openers since joining the Sun Belt in 2000-01.

Clark finished 12-of-14 from the field and 13-of-18 from the foul line, while adding two steals, two assists and two blocked shots in 39 minutes. She played the final nine minutes with four fouls and managed to stay on the court without disqualifying herself.

The All-American started her weekend by earning her degree in Electronic Media Journalism and graduating from Middle Tennessee Saturday.

She will return to action with the rest of her Blue Raider teammates at 7 p.m. Monday when they play host to Kentucky inside the Murphy Center. The Wildcats are the second SEC school to visit Murfreesboro this season and the third overall on this year's slate.

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