DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) landed a pair of noteworthy nominations for her two-game performance this past week, being tabbed the Little East Conference and New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Player of the Week as announced on Monday.
It was the second time this season she found herself as the NEWBA's nominee, and third time for the conference. The Corsairs have made a habit of weekly awards this season, collecting nine so far, including four consecutive Player of the Week nods.
Kutil achieved the recognition in impressive fashion during a week filled with personal-highs. She led the team through the week with 64 points and 33 rebounds while adding five assists and three blocks. In the LEC, Kutil ranks third in points per game (20.0) and rebounds per game (8.3) and is first in the conference with a free-throw percentage of 86.1%. She is also in the top-ten for field-goal percentage at 49.8%. The senior has started every game this year, and has posted double-digits in 17 contests with 10 of those being 20-plus point performances.
On Wednesday against Rhode Island College, she tied a previous best in scoring with 31 points on a deadeye's 11-of-18 shooting. On the glass, she pulled down 15 rebounds to help the Corsairs control the paint. But there was more in the tank for the forward on Saturday at Western Connecticut, as she set new career-marks for points and rebounds with 33 and 18 respectively to collect her 14th double-double in the Blue and Gold.
With assistance from recent scoring outbursts of 10-plus in each of the last five contests, Kutil moved herself into fifth all-time for scoring with 1,226 points, surpassing Colleen Moriarty '13. The program-record is held by Cathy Johnson '86 with her total of 1,323 points.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 6pm this evening (Monday, January 29), when the Corsairs host Williams College at the Tripp Athletic Center.