Player of the Week

By Nathan Vaughan, News Staff

This weekend the women’s basketball team returned to its winning ways with a pair of conference wins.
They beat southern foes UNC-Wilmington last Thursday and George Mason Sunday, with strong contributions from sophomore point guard Jasmine Crew. Crew scored a game’-high 17 against UNCW, while totaling 32 for the weekend.
This excellent play has earned her this week’s Huntington News Player of the Week honors.
Crew, a native of Camden, NJ, is in her second year at Northeastern, but her first as a starting guard.
Last year she was behind senior guard Lucia Pablos. Crew has taken the opportunity to start and ran with it this year. She leads the team with 13.3 points per game and 4.1 assists per game.
‘I just worked really hard,’ Crew said. ‘I learned a lot from Lucia last year, just working hard.’
The Huskies are now in possession of a two game winning streak. They play in Drexel tonight before starting a three game home stretch.
Despite the success of this weekend the Huskies have struggled for much of this season.
Though for Crew the tough schedule has been valuable, she said.
‘We’ve been working really hard in practice,’ she said. ‘We learned a lot in the pre-conference schedule. We played a lot of tough competition and we fixed a lot of things that were keeping us from being successful. So I think now we are starting to put everything together, since we have a really young team.’
Crew has been playing basketball exclusively since she was 10 years old, she said.
She was recruited by Virginia Commonwealth, a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival; Saint Joseph’s and Dayton of the Atlantic-10; and St. Johns’ of the Big East.
She chose Northeastern for a few reasons. Crew said she wanted to help rebuild the Huskies and she felt NU was a great school.
Being from New Jersey, Crew said her family does not get to come to games often.
However, before every game she talks to her mother on the phone. During these phone calls, her mother gives her advice, she said.
‘Before the game my mother always says, ‘God speed,” Crew said.’ ‘Anytime I feel nervous like when I am on the foul line, like when all the focus is on me, I just say that to myself and calm down and hit the free throws.’

‘ ‘- Nathan Vaughan,
News Staff

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