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Thacker earns Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors

MACON, Ga. (WKRC) -- Northern Kentucky University's Kayla Thacker has earned the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week honor, the league office announced on Monday.

Thacker averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as NKU split a pair of Atlantic Sun contests last week, including a 63-43 victory over then-conference leader Florida Gulf Coast.  She shot 54.2 percent from the floor and connected on five 3-pointers on the week.  She also collected three assists and one steal.

"This is a great honor for Kayla and for our program," NKU head coach Dawn Plitzuweit said.  "Kayla not only plays hard on both ends of the court, but she has also evolved into a very positive leader for her team.  Her energy and enthusiasm have become contagious."

The senior guard from Mt. Washington, Ky., scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Norse on Saturday as NKU snapped FGCU's 44-game regular-season Atlantic Sun winning streak.  She finished 10-for20 from the field, including 4-for-5 from behind the 3-point arc.

Her defensive assignment on the night was the Eagles' Sarah Hansen, the preseason conference player of the year.  Hansen, who averaged 13.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game entering the contest, was limited to just six points and four rebounds.  Thacker's leadership on the defensive end helped NKU hand FGCU its largest margin of defeat since joining the Atlantic Sun in 2007.

Thacker began the week with an 11-point, eight-rebound effort against Stetson in The Bank of Kentucky Center on Thursday evening.  She dished out two assists and collected one steal on the night as well.

Thacker becomes the second NKU women's basketball player to earn Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors since joining the conference last season.  Melody Doss has captured the title four times this season, including three of the first four weekly awards.

NKU hits the road for a pair of Atlantic Sun games this week, starting with a 7 p.m. contest Thursday against Mercer in Macon, Ga.  The Norse will then take on Kennesaw State on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Kennesaw, Ga. 

Information and photo courtesy NKU Athletics/ Jeff McCurry




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