RISE Girls' Basketball Player of the Week
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, a senior from New Leadership Charter School of Springfield, Mass., has been chosen as the fourth ESPN RISE National Girls Basketball Player of the Week.
Abdul-Qaadir broke the scoring record last week of one of women's basketball's household names. She scored 28 points Jan. 26 to take over the state career scoring record from ESPN analyst and former WNBA player Rebecca Lobo. The Memphis-bound Abdul-Qaadir needed three points to claim the record.
Here are the rest of this week's ESPN RISE regional girls' basketball players of the week:
East Region Region Girls' Basketball Player of the WeekBilqis Abdul-Qaadir (New Leadership Charter, Springfield, Mass.)
Also picked as the ESPN RISE National Player of the Week.
Southeast Region Girls' Basketball Player of the WeekCourtney Strain (Woodland, Ala.)
One of the top reported scorers in the nation, Strain let it rain for a season-high 54 points and had 16 rebounds, seven steals and five blocks in a 101-63 triumph over Handley of Roanoke. She started this week with an average of more than 34 points per game.
Midwest Region Girls' Basketball Player of the WeekAnna Martin (Lexington Christian, Lexington, Ky.)
She was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after helping the Eagles become the first school -- boys or girls -- to win the state small school All-Class A state tournament title with a 70-43 finals' romp of Green County of Greensburg. She scored 18 points, collected nine rebounds and passed off for four assists in the most lopsided girls title game win in tournament history.
Southwest Region Girls' Basketball Player of the WeekShaquita Arnick (Carter, Dallas, Texas)
The 6-foot-1 sophomore was voted the District 11 Class 5A freshman of the year last season and is doing even better in 2008-09. Arnick knocked down 37 points last week as Carter cruised past Pinkston, 63-24.
West Region Girls' Basketball Player of the WeekWhitney Southerland (Gilbert, Ariz.)
When Gilbert played Chandler earlier in the season and Southerland didn't play because of an injury, Gilbert lost. Last week, with Southerland healthy, Gilbert rolled to a 75-51 win. Southerland poured in 32 points. Gilbert improved to 20-3 and entering this week was No. 3 in the Class 5A Division I state rankings.