WINONA LAKE – Grace basketball once again had players selected as Player of the Week award winners.
Myles Johnson Picks Up First Honor
Myles Johnson of Grace’s men’s basketball team picked up the first award of his collegiate career on Monday.
The freshman forward was honored as the NCCAA National Player of the Week, helping lead the Lancers to a pair of wins.
Johnson averaged a double-double last week, all while shooting a sizzling 73 percent from the floor (16-of-22).
He had 17 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks to beat Taylor, and he added 18 points and 7 boards on Saturday to complete a season sweep of No. 9 Bethel.
The No. 23-ranked Lancers are third in the Crossroads League standings with four games to go. Grace plays at Spring Arbor on Tuesday before returning home on Saturday for a clash with No. 15 St. Francis.
Drake Again Among National Elite
Vironnica Drake was recognized on Monday following a record-breaking week for Grace’s women’s basketball team.
Drake was named the NCCAA National Player of the Week for the third time this season, and she also was named the Crossroads League Player of the Week.
On Tuesday, she was also announced as the NAIA Player of the Week for the same set of accolades.
The senior guard tallied 19 points, 5 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals to upset No. 5 Taylor 69-63, but that game incredibly was not the highlight.
Drake broke the program record for points in a game on Saturday, pouring in 46 points to go along with seven boards and two steals to beat rival Bethel 84-75. Drake’s 46 points were the most any player in the Crossroads League has scored since 2014 (Huntington’s Miranda Palmer, 48 points).
It’s also the most any women’s NAIA Div. II player has scored since the 2016-17 season (Purdue Northwest’s Cassidy Deno, 51 points). Only five players across any division (NCAA I-II-III, NAIA I-II) have scored more points this season than Drake’s 46-point effort.
Drake leads the team in points (19.6 points per game), rebounds (7.0/game) and steals (2.2/game). The Lady Lancers are currently 17-9 under head coach Dan Davis, sitting in fifth place in the league standings with four games remaining.