NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release)– Senior Taylor Ross has been selected this week not only as the College Sports Madness Player of the Week for the Southland Conference, but also as the Player of the Week for all Mid-Majors. The College Sports Madness is a part of the USA Today Sports Media Group, which is a multi-media powerhouse reaching over 49 million fans through print, digital, and broadcasting. Therefore, in short, this is a huge accolade for the SFA guard from Pflugerville, Texas.
College Sports Madness identifies the players who have had the greatest impact to their team from each conference and on a national basis each Monday. Taylor Ross has already been selected twice as the College Sports Madness Player of the Week for the Southland Conference during week five and week seven of the season, but this week Ross earned the national honor of Mid-Major Player of the Week due to her exceptional performance during this past week of action.
Ross totaled 46 points last week, posting 25 points against Nicholls State on Feb. 8, and 21 points against Lamar University on Feb. 11. The senior completed her eleventh 20-point game, and sixth straight, of the season after this past weekend. She also totaled 12 rebounds, eight assists, and four steals. Ross shot 56.5 percent (13-23) from the field and went 60 percent (3-5) from the free-throw line.
The Pflugerville native is averaging 18.7 points per game, and has scored in double figures in 45 of the last 51 games of her college career. For the 2016-2017 season, when Ross scores 20 or more points, SFA is 9-2. The senior leads the Ladyjacks in points, assists, and steals this season, and is one of two active players who have scored over 1000 points. Ross hit 1,500 career points on Feb. 4 against Northwestern State. In the Southland Conference, she is ranked third in scoring, third in assists (5.0 per game), and fifth in field goal percentage (53.1%).
The senior has already garnered NCAA attention for her free-throw numbers this season. Ross is ranked third in the nation for free-throw makes (152), and is sixth in the nation for free-throw attempts (190). Ross’ leadership this season has raised the Ladyjacks to new heights. For the first time in program history, the SFA Ladyjacks made it onto the Mid-Major Top 25 poll and had the fifth longest active winning streak in the NCAA earlier this season with 14 straight games.
Other honorees this week include Sabrina Ionescu from Oregon for the National Level, and Dakota Gonzalez from UNLV for the High-Major level.
Ross and the Ladyjacks will be back at William R. Johnson Coliseum on Thursday night for a big match up against Abilene Christian. Currently, both teams are tied for second place in the Southland with 10-2 records, therefore the game will be a battle for the solo possession of second place and the outright tiebreaker for the conference tournament. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. and the game will be live streamed on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app.