BOSTON, Mass. – Senior guard Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda (Cambridge, Mass.) has been named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women's Basketball Player of the Week and first year shooting guard Caitlin Barker has been named the GNAC Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week, it was announced on Monday afternoon by the conference office.
This marks the eighth time in her career that Ramirez-Tejeda has been named the GNAC Player of the Week, earning the honor once as a sophomore, five times last season as a junior and twice this season while the honor for Barker is the first of her career.
In just 18.0 minutes per game, Ramirez-Tejeda shot 52.8% (19-36 FG, 2-4 FT) en route to averaging 20.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.0 steals in another 2-0 week for Emmanuel. The senior scored 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes of action in an 87-48 road win over Salem State before scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 boards in just 17 minutes of action versus Rivier in an 85-34 victory as the Saints opened GNAC play.
She shared the honor with Albertus Magnus senior center Rah-Rah Thompson (Bridgeport, Conn.) who averaged 20.0 points and 16.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Falcons, shooting 51.6% from the floor.
Through 13 games, Ramirez-Tejeda ranks fourth in the GNAC in scoring at 19.3 ppg and third in rebounding at 11.5 rebounds per game. Seeing limited minutes for some load management midway through the year, the senior ranks first in the league averaging 27.2 points per 40 minutes played.
Barker earned Rookie of the Week honors after lifting the Saints to a 2-0 week averaging 13.0 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 20.0 minutes per game. The first-year netted a career-high 18 points in an 87-48 road victory over Salem State before scoring eight points to support the Saints in their 85-34 GNAC win over Rivier.
The first-year shooter is currently averaging 12+ minutes per game for the Saints and has appeared in all 13 games, averaging 6.8 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.
Emmanuel returns to action on later today when they take on Eastern Connecticut State University on the road at 7:00 PM in non-conference play.