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Player of the Week: Leah Scott

Leah Scott and the Herd women take on Florida International University Thursday in the Cam Henderson Center.

Leah Scott and the Herd women take on Florida International University Thursday in the Cam Henderson Center.

Richard Crank

Leah Scott and the Herd women take on Florida International University Thursday in the Cam Henderson Center.

Richard Crank

Richard Crank

Leah Scott and the Herd women take on Florida International University Thursday in the Cam Henderson Center.

Position: Forward | Class: Senior | Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

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Leah Scott is an integral component of the Marshall University women’s basketball team’s 11-5 start to the season as she leads it in scoring at 14.2 points per game, while also ranking second on the team in rebounding (6.7 RPG) and assists (2.2 APG).

Scott was named C-USA Player of the Week and College Sports Madness C-USA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. She was honored for her performance in conference home wins over Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University.

Scott scored 19 points on 7-14 field goals and 5-5 free throws while also grabbing six rebounds in the victory over FIU. Two days later she scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against FAU.

She’s laid back and she’s going to do what she needs to do.”

— Norrish Victrum

Scott is a versatile forward who can handle the ball, rebound, defend and knock down perimeter shots. Her greatest strength, however, is her ability to score in the paint on hard drives to the basket and quick spins on post-ups. Scott is adept at getting to her left hand and shielding defenders to finish at the rim.

Head coach Matt Daniel said Scott is finding success off the floor as well.

“She’s really matured off the floor in how she has handled things,” Daniel said. “It has helped her in how to handle success and she’ll be the first one to tell you that our team success has led to everybody’s individual success.”

Teammate Norrish Victrum said Scott is a relaxed person, but her personality fits with the rest of her teammates.

“She’s relaxed but once you get to know her she’s silly like the rest of us,” Victrum said. “She’s laid back and she’s going to do what she needs to do.”

Scott will be back on the floor with the rest of her team 8 p.m. Thursday at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Bradley Heltzel can be contacted at [email protected]

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