NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Irisa Ye of the No. 9 University of the Sciences women's basketball team has won her first career Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Player of the Week award, for her contributions in the Devils' 3-0 road-trip over the weekend that included three wins over regionally-ranked teams, two of which were nationally-ranked opponents.
It is the sophomore's second career weekly honor from the league, as she was also named CACC Rookie of the Week once in 2017-18.
Ye led all three contests – at No. 2 Bentley, vs. Assumption and at No. 25 Stonehill - in scoring, averaging 22.7 points in just 28.3 minutes per game. She shot 56.7 percent from the floor (21-of-37), and made 22-of-23 free throw attempts and 4-of-5 3-pointers.
She also averaged 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game, while committing just two turnovers in 85 minutes.
Ye began the road trip pacing a balanced scoring attack at No. 2 Bentley with a game-high 17 points, to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two steals, as USciences knocked off the second-ranked Falcons. She gave the Devils their first fourth quarter lead, 72-70, with 2:07 to play.
She then had eight of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter of Saturday's victory over Assumption, the 10th-ranked team in the region, while also leading USciences with six rebounds, to go along with two assists and two steals.
Ye saved her best performance for Sunday at No. 25 Stonehill, pouring in 26 of her career-high 32 points - in 27 minutes – in the second half to seal up Stonehill Holiday Tournament MVP honors. She made 9-of-12 field goals, both of her 3-point attempts and all 12 of her free throw attempts, and also tied her career-best with three steals.
University of the Sciences (11-0) will look for its fourth win over a regionally-ranked team in less than a week when it returns to CACC action on Thursday, Jan. 3, opening the New Year with a 6 p.m. tip at undefeated No. 13 Jefferson (12-0).