Kansas City, Mo. - Saint Xavier University junior forward Morgan Stuut (Marcellus, Mich./Three Rivers) has been named the NAIA National Division II Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the second straight week when the NAIA national office announced the honor Tuesday afternoon. Stuut was selected based on her performances from Jan. 13 – 19 and was chosen out of a pool of conference and independent award winners. She is the first individual to receive back-to-back NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors since Jennifer Jorgenson of Grand View University (Iowa) accomplished the feat in 2011. The weekly honor is the third of her career.
Stuut recorded her second triple-double of the season with 40 points, 23 rebounds and 11 assists in Saint Xavier's 117-80 win over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) on Jan. 18. The junior forward set single-game school records for points scored (40), field goals made (17) and field goals attempted (26). Stuut's 23 rebounds also tied the Cougars' single-game mark. Three days prior to her performance against ONU, Stuut recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 11 points and 18 rebounds in Saint Xavier's 92-42 win against NCAA Division III Illinois Tech (IIT). For the week, Stuut averaged 25.5 points, 20.5 rebounds, eight assists and four steals. She also shot 66.7 percent (22-of-33) from the field and was 5-for-5 at the free throw line.
On the year, Stuut, who paces Saint Xavier in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, leads the NAIA in total rebounds (271) and defensive rebounds per game (9.4), while also ranking among the top 10 nationally in rebounds per game (2nd; 13.6), total scoring (4th; 418), points per game (7th; 20.9) and three-point field goal percentage (8th; .452).
Saint Xavier, a winner of 12 straight games, is currently 17-3 overall on the season and 7-1 in league play, one game behind front-running Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.). The Cougars are ranked eighth in the latest NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll.