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Highlighting the Mariners
• Mitchell College freshman forward Caycee Williams earned rookie of the week honors in the New England Collegiate Conference and for the New England Women's Basketball Association. It is the first NEWBA weekly award for a Mariner player. In three conference wins last week, Williams averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and 2.7 blocks. She had 15 points, a career-best 15 rebounds and five blocks against Daniel Webster and scored a career-high 21 pints against Bay Path. Williams is second in the NECC in blocks (28).
• Junior Parris Hill made a sparkling debut last week for the men's basketball team, leading the Mariners to three NECC victories. For his efforts, he was named the conference's player of the week. Hill, a 6-foot-4 forward, averaged 24 points and nine rebounds while shooting 68 percent from the field in the three games. He made an immediate impact in his first game, contributing 27 points and 12 rebounds over previously-unbeaten Daniel Webster.
Tracking the Bears
• The Coast Guard Acadey women's basketball team will attempt to bounce back from its worst loss of the season on Wednesday night when the Bears host WPI at Merriman Gym in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action. The Bears dropped a 59-48 decision to Smith College on Saturday to fall to 10-2 overall, 6-2 in the conference.
Around the region
• Sophomore forward Breanna Stewart received her second American Athletic Conference player of the week award in four weeks. She averaged 18 points, six rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds in two victories last week for top-ranked UConn.
• UConn center Amida Brimah's breakout game in Saturday's win over UCF helped him earn his first AAC rookie of the week honor. He finished with career bests in points (20) and rebounds (eight) and added five blocks in 20 minutes.
• Senior Shabazz Napier was named to the conference's weekly honor roll for the fifth time this season after averaging 16 points, 7.5 assists, six rebounds and 3.5 steals in two wins. In other news, Napier's game-winning shot against Florida on Dec. 2 has been nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year.
• Freshman Nolan Long, a former two-sport all-state star at Waterford High School, is making a contribution off the bench for the Wagner College men's basketball team. A 6-10, 240-pound forward, he's appeared in 12 games, averaging 2.1 points and 2.8 rebounds. Long plans to play baseball
• Senior Aubrey Latham, a Fitch High, is on the verge of breaking the Post University women's basketball team all-time scoring mark. Latham needs 14 points to set the record. Entering tonight's home game in Waterbury against Concordia, Latham has 1,4967 career points. Latham earned the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference player of the week honors for the third time this season after finishing with 33 points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals and a block in a loss to Caldwell on Wednesday. It was the fourth time this season that she has scored at least 30 points.