Women's Basketball Player of the Week: February 20
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After a standout week highlighted by a career performance, Prairie View A&M guard Shala Dobbins has been recognized as the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after her performances during games played Feb. 17-19.
Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Shala Dobbins, Prairie View A&M
G | 5-6 | Jr. | Tulsa, Okla.
Dobbins averaged 31.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in leading Prairie View to wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (89-73) and Mississippi Valley State (75-74). Dobbins scored a career high of 40 points in the win against UAPB, becoming the first SWAC player in six-plus years to score 40 points in a single game.
Dobbins’ effort was the highest single-game scoring mark by a SWAC player since Alabama State’s Tanika Jackson scored 42 points in a Dec. 16, 2010 game against Oakwood.
Against Mississippi Valley, the Tulsa, Okla. native saved her best for crunch-time, scoring 12 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter in helping the Lady Panthers avoid the upset. The nation’s leader in free throws made (233) and attempted (297), Dobbins shot 30-of-35 from the charity stripe over the course of the two contests including a 22-of-23 line versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which stands as the most free throws made in a single game by any D-I player this season.
The junior was also named College Madness SWAC Player of the Week. Currently, Dobbins is second in the league – and 10th in the nation – in scoring at 21.6 points per game and has an outside shot to set the NCAA’s single-season record for most free throws made in a season (280 by Larissa Lurken, Kent State in 2017).