Koniszewski Earns First NEC Weekly Honor as Player of the Week
Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, Va.) averaged 20.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game over the two-win road swing that extended the Pioneers' win streak to six in a row and pushed them into sole possession of second place in the Northeast Conference standings, earning the Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week honor, her first of her career. Coming off the bench, Koniszewski provided more than a spark for Sacred Heart during its two-game NEC sweep of Wagner and Mount St. Mary's. Playing 28.5 minutes per contest, Koniszewski shot 47 percent from three-point range and accounted for a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. The versatile 5-foot-11 forward erupted for a career-high 26 points in a 58-50 triumph over Mount St. Mary's. Not only did she provide 45 percent of Sacred Heart's scoring in the game, but Koniszewski came through in crunch time. With Sacred Heart clinging to a 49-48 lead and under 2:00 remaining in regulation, Koniszewski stepped up and sank her fourth three-pointer of the game. The third-year Pioneer completed a perfect day (12-for-12) at the free throw by hitting a pair that bumped SHU's advantage to eight points with 25 second left. Koniszewski hit four more three-pointers in her next outing at Wagner. The native Virginian finished the 76-47 victory with 14 points, four assists and no turnovers to her credit. Koniszewski is the first non-starter to capture the Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week award this season. In 22 games off the bench, she averages 9.5 points over 21.1 minutes per game.