Central State guards Sierra Harley and Brooke Spaulding earn weekly recognition from SIAC
ATLANTA, Georgia – Central State swept this week’s Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors as Sierra Harley was selected Player of the Week while teammate Brooke Spaulding was tabbed Newcomer of the Week.
Harley led CSU to a 2-1 record last week with both wins coming against rival Kentucky State. The senior guard from Columbus, Ohio tied a season-high with 9 rebounds to go along with five points, two assists and four steals in Monday’s loss to Spring Hill. On Thursday, Harley led CSU to a home victory over KSU while tallying a season-high nine assists, nine points, four rebounds and two steals.
Harley ranks among the top ten SIAC players in scoring, assists, steals, free throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage. She currently is averaging 14.4 ppg, 4.2 apg and 2.3 spg while converting 81% from the free throw line and %40 from beyond the arc. This is the first time Harley has earned SIAC Player of the Week honors.
Spaulding, a freshman from Fairfield High School (Ohio), continues to put together a stellar freshman season. The 5’6 guard averaged 15.0 ppg last week. She began the week with 18 points, 2 assists and 2 steals against Spring Hill. She recorded 18 points again on Thursday along with four assists, two
steals and six rebounds to lead CSU past KSU. She chipped in with nine points, five rebounds and three steals in Saturday’s victory over KSU.
Spaulding, who earns SIAC Newcomer of the Week honors for the first time, currently averages 11.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2 apg and 1.3 spg.
Harley and Spaulding returnto the hardwood on Saturday when CSU (19-5; 13-3) travels to Alabama to play Tuskegee (5-18; 4-11) at 1 pm cst.
ATLANTA, Georgia – Central State swept this week’s Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball honors as Jeremy Brown was selected Player of the Week while teammate Charles Ruise was tabbed Newcomer of the Week.
Brown and Ruise led the Marauders to a 3-0 record last week with one win against Spring Hill and two wins against rival Kentucky State.
Brown, a versatile 6’3 senior from Indianapolis, Indiana, recorded 12 rebounds along with six points, two steals, two assists and 1 block in Monday’s win over SHC. On Thursday, Brown battled through foul trouble to finish with 16 points, nine rebounds, five steals, two assists and one block in CSU’s home win over rival KSU. Brown had his best game of the season on Saturday at KSU, finished with a season-high 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead CSU to an overtime victory.
This is the first time Brown has been named SIAC Player of the Week. Brown currently leads CSU with 8.0 rpg and 1.8 spg. He also averages 7.8 ppg.
Ruise, a 6’2 transfer from Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne University, provided a much needed scoring presence off the bench in CSU’s three wins last week. He chipped in with nine points and three rebounds against SHC on Monday. He scored seven of 10 points in the second half of Thursday’s win over KSU. His best performance of his short CSU career came on Saturday, pouring in 27 points to help deliver CSU its first road win over KSU since the 2013-2014 season.
Since joining the team, Ruise is averaging 14.0 ppg while shooting over 50% from the field. Ruise joins teammate Chris Scott as players from CSU who have earned SIAC Newcomer of the Week honors this season.
Brown, Ruise and the Marauders (11-14; 9-8) travel to Alabama to play Tuskegee (5-19; 3-12) at 3 pm cst.