MORAGA, Calif. - Jackie Nared of the Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team had a big weekend, being named West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week. She has also been named College Sports Madness High-Major Player of the Week and Saint Mary’s Student-Athlete of the Week.
Nared led the Gaels to two victories to open the 2013-14 season. In the season opener, Nared came within one point of the school single-game scoring record with 37 points and 11 rebounds in a 91-81 win over Washington. She connected on 14-of-19 from the field, including 5-for-6 from behind the arc and keyed a late run for Saint Mary’s, which ended the game on a 28-8 run. The 37-point outburst is tied for eighth place in WCC single-game history and is the highest output by a conference player since USD’s Michelle Augustavo had 42 against Clemson in 2005.
Nared followed up her career-high with a solid all-around game in Saint Mary’s 72-54 win at Portland State. The Portland native scored 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting to go along with six assists, four rebounds and two blocks against the Vikings.
For the week, Nared averaged 27.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals. She shot 65.6 percent from the field (21-of-32), while going 7-for-11 from three-point range.