(COLLEGE OF ST JOSEPH) -- Jacobie Maupin-Alexander earned this week’s USCAA Women’s Division II Basketball Player of the Week honors. The Lady Saints are 4-0 on the season in large thanks to the stellar play of their freshman forward from Charlottesville, Va. She is averaging a team-best 20.3 points and 10.8 rebounds while shooting 46.4 percent from the field.
Maupin-Alexander was particularly explosive in CSJ’s last home game against Great Bay Community College on Sunday, Nov. 13. She had a season-high 30 points, 13 rebounds and four steals to help lead the Lady Saints to an 82-31 victory over the Herons.
It is a rare occurrence that a freshman earns a national Player of the Week award and to do it at this early stage in the season is even more impressive.
“It’s a blessing, and I believe that if you put in the hard work and effort, then good results will come out of it,” said Maupin-Alexander.
Although she has led the team with her leadership and dominating play, Maupin-Alexander still gives much of the credit to her teammates and the chemistry they have built.
“We have created this sisterly bond from the time we played with each other in open gym to the time we stepped on the court for our first game,” she said. “We have learned one another’s strengths and weaknesses and I can honestly say that I have grown to love and cherish the bond we have as a team, and how we are able to come together as a whole to get the job done.”
Not only has she defeated the odds by playing exceptional basketball as a freshman, but Maupin-Alexander has also performed well above her undersized 5’8” frame. As one of the smallest power forward/centers in the nation, she has found a way to outwork her opponents and dominate the paint.
“It’s definitely a different experience from high school,” she said. “The tempo is much faster and girls are a lot bigger and stronger than they were in high school. Luckily, I have been able to adjust and it has made it easier to be effective at this level.”
Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jonathan Lamiotte applauded Maupin-Alexander’s recognition, noting her passion for the game that sets her apart from others.
“One quality that makes a basketball player great is passion, because if you are passionate about the sport then you will go to any length to be successful. Whether that is waking up early, training hard, eating properly, your passion for the sport will make you push harder even when you want to quit,” he said. “Jacobie has a high passion for the game and I see that passion come out each day in practice and in games. She is well-deserving of this accolade and I hope to see many more as she helps lead the Fighting Saints throughout the season.”