Madi Mitchell Named GSC Player of the Week

| November 30, 2016


VALDOSTA – Lady Blazer basketball forward Madi Mitchell is one of just a handful of Gulf South Conference players to currently average a double-double on the 2016-17 season, and her most recent efforts were rewarded accordingly on Tuesday, as she was named the GSC Player of the Week.

“I couldn’t be more proud and impressed of Madi’s effort so far this season,” said Head Coach Carley Kuhns on Tuesday. “For her to sustain this consistency over 35-plus minutes a game, I’m not even sure she initially knew that she was capable of that. Her level of play so far is exciting to watch.”

The honor came in recognition of two double-double performances, which extended Mitchell’s current streak to four. Her weekend numbers at the Nova Southeastern Thanksgiving Classic in Ft. Lauderdale included a career-high 24 point effort against No. 21 Nova Southeastern on Friday. In that game, the junior also hauled in 10 rebounds, and she followed up on Saturday with a 21 point, 14 rebound performance against Palm Beach Atlantic.

“There’s a confidence and mentality for her this year, where she knows that she is going to put our team on her back and carry us,” added Kuhns. “There’s a maturity level that she has reached now, and she brings it to practice every single day. She practices just as hard as she plays in games, and that’s why she is seeing success. She puts in the work, and she’s reaping the benefits.”

Mitchell, who transferred from Mercer prior to her sophomore season in 2015-16, is currently averaging 18.8 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game, which makes her one of only five GSC players in the double-double average ranks. Last week’s success came as a direct result of dead-eye accuracy from the field, which produced a 56.7 shooting percentage.

The Lady Blazer return to action this Thursday night, with a home matchup against Trinity Baptist. The contest is slated for a 6:00 p.m. start, and will take place within the friendly confines of The Complex.

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