March 3, 2014

Janae Sharpe Named Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

Junior guard Janae Sharpe of the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. In CSUN's wins over Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside, Sharpe averaged 23 points and 6.5 rebounds as the Matadors earned at least a share of the Big West title and the No. 1 seed in the Big West Tournament. 

Originally from Rialto, Calif., Sharpe posted a pair of impressive performances as the Matadors captured their first regular season title in in their Big West history. Against the Titans, Sharpe finished with 22 points, five rebounds and seven assists. She knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers in the win over Cal State Fullerton.

Two days later, Sharpe finished with 24 points and tied a season high with 10 free throws as the Matadors rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half to defeat the Highlanders. She added eight rebounds, two 3-pointers and and two assists in the comeback victory on Senior Day. 

"It is a great feeling to win this award and it is an honor to play with a great group of young women and coaches," Sharpe said. "We have a great opportunity ahead of us and I am thankful to have such a great group of people with me to share this experience." 

Sharpe entered the season having never scored 20 or more points; she now has three-such performances, including the two last week. Earlier this year, she scored a career-high 27 points in an overtime victory over Hawai'i. 

This is the second time this season that Sharpe has earned the Big West's weekly award. She averaged 17.5 points in the Matadors' victories over Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara, shooting 52.2 percent from the field while being called for just one foul in 70 minutes of action. That performance helped her earn Big West Player of the Week honors for the first time since her freshman season.

For the season, Sharpe is averaging 12.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Her next point will be the 900th of her career and she could reach 1,000 point plateau at some point this season. 

CSUN returns to action Thursday, Mar. 6 with its regular season finale at Long Beach State. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be featured on Big West TV. 

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