Cherie Mills Named Conference USA Player of the Week
Feb. 19, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C.-- Senior center Cherie Mills has been named the Conference USA Player of the Week, as released by the conference office Monday afternoon. This is Mills' first C-USA Player of the Week honor, and the first honor for the Lady Pirates since February, 2005.
Mills guided East Carolina to a pair of wins over two of C-USA top teams last week. The Lady Pirates defeated UTEP, 66-64, Thursday and league leader Tulane, 76-68, Saturday to extend their winning streak to five games.
The 6-4 center averaged 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while shooting an impressive .625 from the floor (15-of-24) and .933 from the free-throw line (13-of-14), including a perfect 8-of-8 against UTEP.
With 9.2 seconds to play, Mills sealed ECU's win over UTEP by hitting four free throws. She tallied a season-tying best 26 points against the Miners and moved into 10th place on the school's all time blocked shots (59). Mills also was credited with five boards and a steal.
Against Tulane, she recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and 14th of her career. Mills connected on 6-of-9 (.667) shots from the field and 6-of-7 (.857) attempted free throws.
Mills currently ranks fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.488), seventh in scoring (15.4 ppg) and eighth in rebounding (7.2 rpg), all averages top the ECU charts. She also leads the Lady Pirates in blocked shots (27), which ranks ninth-best in C-USA.
ECU's win over Tulane Saturday gave the Lady Pirates their most C-USA victories in program history and elevated the team into a three-way tie for third-place in the league standings.