In the wake of her scoring 46 points, the NAIA has selected Wayland Baptist's Jade Jones as its National Women's Basketball Division I Player of the Week.
Jones, a 6-foot senior forward from Georgetown who previously was named Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Week, scored 46 points in the Flying Queens' 100-72 victory over No. 18 John Brown University on Saturday afternoon in Hutcherson Center. It represents the most points scored in a single game this season in NAIA Division I women's basketball.
Jones made 21-of-29 field goals (72.4 percent) and 4-of-5 free throws (80 percent) as she finished three points shy of matching the all-time single-game scoring record of 49 points set in 1988 by Sharla Harrison, the program's all-time leading scorer.
Jones had an opportunity to go for the record but instead dribbled the final few seconds off the clock. She also tied for the team lead in rebounds with nine and had five assists and a block.
Jones was chosen from among 10 NAIA conference and Association of Independent Institutions award winners: Lexie Moe, Central Methodist (Mo.); Courtney Randle, LSU Shreveport (La.); Madison Clements, Campbellsville (Ky.); Bianca Thornton, Edward Waters (Fla.); Faith Legate, Faulkner (Ala.); Alison Webb, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Caelyn Orlandi, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Claire Lamunu, Vanguard (Calif.).
Jones ranks 25th nationally in defensive rebounds per game (6.2) and field goal percentage (50.3 percent).
"This is a great honor not only for Jade but also her teammates, who played a big role in what she was able to do," Wayland coach Alesha Robertson-Ellis said. "Knowing it was a big game, Jade came ready to play and stepped up to the challenge. Her teammates did a nice job of getting her the ball, and Jade did a nice job of using her strengths."