Emory University sophomore Hannah Lilly (Mercer Island, WA) has been selected as the University Athletic Association Women's Basketball Player of the Week following her efforts in helping the Eagles to victories over Carnegie Mellon (Jan. 20) and Case Western (Jan. 22). It marks the second time this season that she has been chosen for the award.
The 5-foot-8 Lilly averaged 25.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.0 steals over the two contests that saw the team raise its record to 13-3, 4-1 in the league. Lilly totaled a game-high 26 points, hitting 10-of-17 from the field, including six-of-11 from three-point range, in the 59-55 triumph over Carnegie Mellon. In addition, she picked off four rebounds and totaled a team-high tying five steals. She followed that performance with a game-high 24 points, her fourth straight outing of 20 or more points, in sparking the Eagles to a 68-56 victory over Case on Sunday. She converted eight-of-16 from the field and knocked down all six of her free throw opportunities as Emory extended its winning streak to five games. Lilly also posted another five-steals outing (team high) against the Tartans, her 10th effort of multiple thefts this year. Upon the conclusion of the weekend, she was successful on 54.5 percent (18-of-33) from the floor including 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from beyond the arc.
Lilly is the first Emory player since Mandy Jackson (1992) to have scored 20 or more points in four consecutive games which has helped raise her team and UAA-leading scoring average to 19.1 per game. She also ranks sixth in the league in field goal percentage (.518, 117-of-226) and holds down the No. 3 spot in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.440, 51-of-116).
The Eagles, whose current won-lost mark ties the 1994-95 team for the best 16-game record in school annals, return to action on Friday (Jan. 27) when they play at No. 2-ranked Chicago.