SPARTANBURG, S.C. – UNCG’s Ije Ajemba has been named the Southern Conference women’s basketball player of the week for games played Feb. 6-12, the conference announced Tuesday. The award is the third of the season for Ajemba and the most in a season for the Spartans since UNCG’s Lucy Mason earned three in 2015-16.
Ajemba finished the week averaging 14 points and 15 rebounds per game as she recorded her conference-leading 13th double-double of the year and set yet another UNCG program record for rebounds in a single game.
In the loss at Furman, the senior tallied nine points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes of action.
Ajemba bounced back in a big way on Feb. 10 in an overtime win at Wofford, pouring in 19 points and bringing down a school-record 22 rebounds in a season-high 42 minutes. The Lanham, Maryland, native also chipped in two assists and one steal while shooting 58 percent from the floor, helping UNCG to its fifth conference win of the season.
The 6-3 center now has games of 20, 21 and 22 rebounds this season, all shattering the previous UNCG record of 19 in a game. Ajemba has also set single-season records for total rebounds (326) and defensive rebounds (218) and needs just three more offensive rebounds to own the record in all three rebounding categories.
Along with ranking fourth in all of Division I in rebounds, Ajemba leads the SoCon in rebounding, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds and ranks in the top 15 in blocked shots, field-goal percentage and scoring.
Also nominated: Tianna Tarter (ETSU), Le’Jzae Davidson (Furman), Keke Calloway (Mercer), Samantha Fitzgerald (Samford), Keiana Gilbert (Chattanooga), Nikki Johnson (Western Carolina) and De’Ja Green (Wofford).
SoCon Women’s Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 14 - Sydni Means, Mercer, Sr.
Nov. 21 - Tianna Tarter, ETSU, Sr.
Nov. 28 - Keiana Gilbert, Chattanooga, Sr.
Dec. 5 - Erica Haynes-Overton, ETSU, Fr.
Dec. 12 - Ije Ajemba, UNCG, Sr.
Dec. 19 - Cierra Carter, Furman, Sr.
Jan. 2 - Kahlia Lawrence, Mercer, Sr.
Jan. 9 - KeKe Calloway, Mercer, Jr.
Jan. 16 - Ije Ajemba, UNCG, Sr.
Jan. 23 - Celena Taborn, Furman, Fr.
Jan. 30 - Tianna Tarter, ETSU, Sr.
Feb. 6 - Keiana Gilbert, Chattanooga, Sr.
Feb. 13 - Ije Ajemba, UNCG, Sr.