UCA's Jordan Howard, UTEP's Starr Breedlove score Player of the Week honors

Jordan Howard of Central Arkansas, the alma mater of former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen, averaged 36.5 points in two games to earn ASN national men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors.

The 5-11 sophomore hit 56% of his shots, including 48% from behind the 3-point arc, and 94% from the foul line (15 of 16). Howard also hauled in 4.0 rebounds per game and dished out 2.5 assists per game against two Southland Conference opponents. Jordan torched Northwestern State for 37 points and 4 assists in a 91-75 loss. He followed up that performance with 36 points and 4 assists in a 112-77 win against New Orleans.

For the season Howard is averaging 20.2 ppg, second in the Southland, shooting 46% on field goals and 3-pointers, also second in Southland, and 84% on free throws. In nine Southland conference games he is averaging 25.4 points while shooting 48% on field goals 52% on 3-pointers. He's made 16 3-pointers in the last three games.

Starr Breedlove, who helped UTEP gain sole possession of first place in Conference USA, is the ASN National Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

The senior guard posted 21 points, 4 rebounds, 6 steals and 7 assists in a 85-78 win against Western Kentucky, bouncing back from an 8-point performance in a loss earlier last week against Marshall.

Despite the 1-1 week she gets the nod because how you respond to adversity is pivotal, especially this time of year. The Miners (19-2, 10-1 C-USA) erased any doubt that may have crept up following their loss, so kudos to them.

Above: Jordan Howard of Central Arkansas scored a career-high 37 points against Northwestern State last week. (Courtesy
Middle: Starr Breedlove led UTEP to a victory against Western Kentucky and first place in Conference USA last week. (Courtesy Michael Patrick Reese/UTEP Athletics)

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