Harris named NJCAA Division I and Jayhawk Conference women’s basketball player of the week

Dionne Harris against Independence Community College December 3, 2011A day after being named the KJCCC Verizon Wireless Co-Player of the Week, Barton Community College women’s basketball player Dionne Harris has also been named the NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Week.  Harris, a sophomore from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, averaged a double-double this past week with sixteen points and ten rebounds. Harris was also instrumental in Barton’s 63-61 victory Saturday night over No. 3 ranked Independence Community College by grabbing eleven rebounds, two steals, and scoring eighteen of her twenty-three points in the second half.  Harris shares the conference honor with Highland Community College’s Kathryn Thomas.  

Harris began her week in Neosho, Missouri, where the Lady Cougars lost a 67-62 decision to Crowder College.  In that contest Harris scored fifteen points, grabbed thirteen rebounds, and had six steals.  Three days later Harris scored twelve points and had eight rebounds in limited action due to foul trouble but still was a significant force to help Barton to a 50-47 victory over Fort Scott Community College.  In Saturday’s victory over Independence, Harris scored twelve of her eighteen second half points in the last eight-and-a-half minutes leading the Lady Cougars back from a ten-point second half deficit.

For the season Harris is averaging fourteen points and eight rebounds in leading the Lady Cougars to a 10-4 record heading into the Christmas break.  Barton will not play again until January 4th when they open Jayhawk Conference play against Seward County Community College.

Released:  December 6, 2011

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