FORT WAYNE, Ind. – University of Saint Francis junior Akyah Taylor can add an NAIA honor to her resume after the 5-foot-11 forward has been selected NAIA Division II Player of the Week.
Taylor (Elkhart, IN / Elkhart Memorial H.S./Michigan State University) posted her Crossroads League-leading 10th double-double of the season on Saturday against No. 10 Marian University and it helped her secure her first national award.
Taylor averaged 20.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while shooting 43 percent from the field for the 15-5, NAIA No. 7 Lady Cougars. She leads the CL in scoring average (21.6 ppg), rebound average (9.2) and field goal percentage (.556).
In Saturday’s 80-68 win over No. 10-ranked Marian in the NAIA DII Game of the Week, Taylor scored 24 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, and contributed three assists. She posted a double-double in the second half with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The 5-foot-10 forward connected on a career-best 12 free throws (16 attempts), 7-of-8 in the second half.
Earlier this week, Taylor was named CL Player of the Week, her second CL POTW honor this season, first outright, and the fourth of her career at USF.
In CL only play, AT has scored 20+ in 3 of last 4 games and is averaging 23.8 in last 4 CL games. She took over the CL rebound average lead after her game against Marian with a 9.2 average and leads the CL in double doubles with 10. She has scored in double figures in 31 consecutive games and has scored in double figures in 33 of 34 career games for USF. The MU game was her 21st with 20 or more points. Her 12 defensive rebounds against MU was a season high for Taylor.
Akyah Taylor in NAIA Division II stats:
Akyah Taylor Ranks No. 6 in Division II in Points per Game (21.579)
Akyah Taylor Ranks No. 6 in Division II in Total Scoring (410)
Akyah Taylor Ranks No. 12 in Division II in Field Goal Pct (0.556)
Akyah Taylor Ranks No. 17 in Division II in Offensive Rebounds per Game (3.632)
Akyah Taylor Ranks No. 19 in Division II in Total Total Rebounds (175)
Akyah Taylor Ranks No. 30 in Division II in Total Rebounds per Game (9.211)
Akyah Taylor Ranks No. 48 in Division II in Defensive Rebounds per Game (5.579)