RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College redshirt junior Ashley Morris (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) has been chosen as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Women's Basketball Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 8, the CACC announced on Monday.
Lyles, a 5-foot-10 forward/center, started both games in Felician's 0-2 week, and recorded the first two "double-doubles" of her collegiate career. She averaged 11.5 rebounds (7.5 defensive), 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in the two contests, to go along with 16.5 points. The Golden Falcons' opponents, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Philadelphia University, combined to total 46 turnovers for the week.
Morris has started all 10 games for the Golden Falcons this season. She is averaging 10.2 points, and leads the team with 8.5 rebounds (T-8th in the CACC) and 1.2 blocks (6th) per contest. She is riding a streak of three consecutive double-doubles. Morris is a 2010 graduate of West Orange High, and took a medical "redshirt" season in 2011-12.
Morris is the second Felician women's basketball player to capture the CACC Defensive Player of the Week Award this season. Teammate Que Lyles (Bronx, N.Y./Banana Kelly) was so honored on Nov. 18. The award is in its debut season.
More information is available at http://www.caccathletics.org/sports/wbkb/2013-14/releases/20131209-WBKB-report.pdf.
Felician is guided by sixth-year head coach Steve Fagan of Howell. Morris and the Golden Falcons (2-8, 1-3 CACC) next compete on Saturday, when they host a 2 p.m. CACC tip-off against Dominican (N.Y.) College.
Felician College, the Franciscan College of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic college founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician College welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician College currently enrolls more than 2,200 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician College also sponsors 13 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.