More than 23 years passed between a Northwestern State Lady Demons basketball player recording consecutive 30-point games.
It took members of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association considerably less time to honor that player.
For the third time this season, the LSWA named Lady Demons senior guard Beatrice Attura its Player of the Week. Attura garnered four of the eight votes from a panel of statewide media members.
Attura collected 30 points in each of Northwestern State’s games this past week – an 89-71 win against Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday and a 75-74, last-second loss to defending Southland Conference champion Abilene Christian.
In doing so, Attura became the first Lady Demon to deliver back-to-back, 30-point games since Joskeen Garner in January 1994.
Against Southeastern Louisiana, Attura connected on 8 of 15 shots from the field and all 12 of her free throws to post her second 30-point game of the season. She combined with sophomore post Cheyenne Brown, who tallied a career-best 30 points, to give NSU its first tandem of 30-point scorers in a single game in program history.
Attura, who was named LSWA Player of the Week on Jan. 16 and shared the award on Feb. 7, followed that by tying her career high by hitting six 3-pointers against Abilene Christian on Saturday.
For the week, Attura shot 48.5 percent from the field (16-for-33), 50 percent from 3-point range (8-for-16) and connected on all 20 of her free-throw attempts. At 19.9 points per game, Attura ranks 18th nationally.
Attura’s 497 points place her within striking distance of the top-10 single-season performances in NSU history, needing 37 points to tie Pam Hudson for 10th place in that category.
Attura and Northwestern State return to action Thursday night at Sam Houston State. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. inside Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
Photo: Beatrice Attura (left) collected her third Louisiana Sports Writers Association Player of the Week award this season Monday. Credit: Gary Hardamon/NSU Photographic Services