Kamilah Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) was named Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week after recording three double-doubles to help Hawai'i capture its first tournament title since 2004. Jackson averaged 17.3 points and 12.7 rebounds as the Rainbow Wahine rebounded from an opening game overtime loss to Colorado State (65-60) to knock off Chattanooga (60-55) and Minnesota (77-71 in OT) for the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown tournament title.
Jackson, a 5-11 forward, played all 45 minutes in the thrilling OT win over Minnesota as she scored 18 points with a team-high 11 rebounds to go along with two assists and a steal. She fueled the team with five of the first six points in overtime. On Friday night, Jackson had a team-high 17 points and a season-high 16 boards in the overtime loss to the Rams and on Saturday against the high-octaned Chattanooga team, Jackson topped the squad with 17 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high five assists. She moved into No. 5 on UH's all-time scoring list against UTC and currently has 1,343 career points after becoming the just the second Rainbow Wahine to achieve 1,000 career rebounds in their last tournament.
Jackson has posted six consecutive double-doubles and has led the team in rebounding in every game this year. She has also had or been tied with the scoring-high in six of eight games thus far. Jacskon now has 49 career double-doubles for the Rainbow Wahine. She earned all-tournament honors for her efforts this week and was Most Valuable Player in UH's last tournament as well. Currently, Jackson leads UH with 18.3 points and 10.9 rebounds a game.
This is Jackson's second career Big West Player of the Week honor and is her fourth career conference weekly honor after earning Western Athletic Conference recognition once as a freshman and once as a sophomore. Last year, she claimed her first BWC weekly accolade after averaging 13.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in the 2012 Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Invitational (Dec. 31).
It was the first tournament championship for Hawai'i since the 'Bows won the 2004 Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational. In addition, the win over the Gophers represented UH's first triumph over the Big Ten since knocking off Ohio State on Dec. 14, 1998.
Hawai'i is idle this week but will next hit the road for a pair of December roadtrips starting at Oregon State (Dec. 13) and at Pacific (Dec. 15).
Others nominated: Molly Schlemer (Cal Poly); Samantha Logan (Cal State Fullerton); Madison Montgomery (Long Beach State); Sydnee Fipps (UC Davis); Camille Buckley (UC Irvine); Simone DeCoud (UC Riverside); Destini Mason (UC Santa Barbara)
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