IRVING, Texas – For the second week in a row, the University of Memphis women’s basketball team swept Conference USA Player and Freshman of the Week awards. Senior forward Nicole Dickson (Greeneville, Tenn./Greeneville HS) was named the C-USA Player of the Week for a second consecutive week and for the third time this season. Freshman guard Ariel Hearn (Memphis, Tenn./Arlington HS) also earned her second consecutive weekly honor, grabbing C-USA Freshman of the Week honors.
Dickson averaged 24.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal in a 2-0 week for the Tigers that wrapped up non-conference play. Against Tennessee Tech, Dickson scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half, helping the Tigers come back from a halftime deficit for the win for the first time this season. Dickson came out in the second half and scored seven of Memphis’ 14 second half points to help Memphis regain the lead and not relinquish it. Against Wright State, Dickson scorched the nets, shooting 73.3 percent from the field (11-for-15) and finishing with 34 points in just 29 minutes, her second-lowest minutes played total of the season. That game marked the fourth time she scored 30 or more points this season. She scored 25 points in the first 20 minutes of the game. She becomes the first Tiger since Tamika Whitmore to earn C-USA Player of the Week honors three times in a season. This is her third career weekly honor from the league and is the second straight, after she earned the award last Monday for her 28 points scored in the win over Missouri.
Hearn is also earning back-to-back weekly honors after a big week. The freshman guard is enjoying life with Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir back in the backcourt, and averaged 19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and a steal a game last week. Against Tennessee Tech, she posted career highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds, putting together her first collegiate double-double. She was 9-for-13 from the field, and hit two three-point field goals, her first collegiate multiple three-point field goal game, in the win. Against Wright State, Hearn finished with 16 points and a game-high eight assists. She was also second on the team with six rebounds.
She is the first freshman since Ann Jones (11/14/11, 12/5/11) to earn two C-USA Freshman of the Week honors.
Memphis (9-5) opens Conference USA play, Thursday at Houston (6-7) at 7 p.m. The Tigers, winners of six straight, will be playing their fourth game in five seasons at Hofheinz. Memphis has not won a game at Hofheinz since 2003, and recently snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Cougars with a 69-41 win in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse last season.