FOREST, Va. --- ODAC basketball teams stayed hot despite the frigid temperatures outside of league arenas. Those earning weekly honors include (pictured, l-r, t-b): Daniel Spencer from Emory & Henry men's basketball and Olivia DeFrancesco from Lynchburg women's basketball.
Below are entries for both winners from the past week of competition. Click on the associated links to see that sport's weekly honor roll.
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ODAC Players of the Week
Thru Week Prior to: January 8, 2018
Daniel Spencer, Emory & Henry, So., Guard
Spencer, a sophomore from Concord, N.C., put together a pair of 20-point efforts in helping Emory & Henry to two more conference victories. The wins continue the Wasps best start since 1992-93 when they went 10-0 to begin the season. E&H is now 12-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play, tied with Randolph-Macon and Washington and Lee. Spencer opened with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting and 2-of-4 from deep in a 95-77 victory at Guilford. He was also 5-of-6 from the line and added eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Spencer was 8-for-11 from the field and buried both of his three-pointers on the way to 22 points in an 89-83 home win over Virginia Wesleyan. He chipped in four rebounds and three steals to the effort. For the season, Spencer is averaging 13.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He leads the ODAC in steals (28) and is fourth in field goal percentage (.579; 73-of-126).
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Olivia DeFrancesco, Lynchburg, Sr., Guard
DeFrancesco, a senior from Greensboro, N.C., put together a pair of strong outings in helping Lynchburg to a pair of road wins last week, extending the Hornets winning streak to five straight contests. LC is now tied atop the ODAC standings with four other teams at 3-1 in conference play. The Hornets boast the league's best overall record at 11-2. DeFrancesco opened with 13 points aided by a trio of three-pointers in a 56-35 victory at Randolph. She added seven rebounds with an assist and a steal. DeFrancesco ticked up her production several notches in a 78-70 win at Bridgewater as she had a hand in generating 41 points of offense. She nailed four three-pointers as part of a 6-for-7 shooting performance on the way to 19 points. She added 10 assists for her first double-double of the season. It also marked just the ninth time in program history that one Lynchburg player has recorded 10 or more assists in a game. She chipped in four rebounds, and steal and a blocked shot. For the season, DeFrancesco is averaging 8.6 points per game. She is second in the league in assists (67), third in minutes played (434), and seventh in three-pointers made (20).
Click to learn more about the past week in ODAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL