Behind a 2-0 week against divisional opponents that secured a Northeast-10 Championship berth for the Merrimack College women’s basketball program sophomore Denia Davis-Stewart and freshman Mayson Kimball swept the league announced its weekly awards on Monday afternoon.
Davis Stewart earned NE10 Player of the Week for the first time in her career, while Kimball took home her second NE10 Rookie of the Week honor this season. As a team, Merrimack has won 10 of the 13 NE10 Rookie of the Week awards in 2017-18.
Dominating the paint in Merrimack’s two wins over Franklin Pierce and SNHU, Davis-Stewart emerged from the week averaging 13.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 6.0 blocks per game. The second-year center posted double-doubles in both games, and now leads the team with five this season. She set a career high against the Penmen with 17 points, while tying her previous personal best with 16 rebounds.
After missing the first nine games of the season, Davis-Stewart has played in 13 of the last 14 contests for the Navy and Gold. She has totaled 9.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game this year, leading Merrimack with 65 total rejections. She also has 132 total rebounds, which ranks second on the Warriors. The Dorchester native is already 15th nationwide in total blocks, despite playing seven games fewer than any student-athlete in the top-15.
Kimball’s week featured averages of 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. The rookie posted an efficient effort from the floor, shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the beyond the arc in the two games. She shot 8-of-15 overall and 4-of-6 from distance in the two games to lead Merrimack in scoring on the week. She scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, in the two games, increasing her double-digit scoring streak to four games.
Davis-Stewart, Kimball and the rest of the Warriors face a pair of nationally ranked programs this week beginning with No. 22 Stonehill at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening in Easton, Mass.