NIACC's Mendez earns NJCAA Division II POW award

Autam Mendez shoots a free throw in last week's game at Ellsworth.
Autam Mendez shoots a free throw in last week's game at Ellsworth.

MASON CITY - For the second time this season, a NIACC women's basketball player has earned the NJCAA Division II player of the week honor.

NIACC freshman Autam Mendez, who was selected as the league's player of the week on Tuesday, was selected as the NJCAA Division II national player of the week for the week of Jan. 21-27.

NIACC's Mandy Willems was selected as the national player of the week for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 3.

Last week, Mendez scored 30 points and grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds in a win over Little Priest Tribal College and scored a career-high 41 points with 15 rebounds in a win over Ellsworth.

Mendez averages 18.4 points per game and has made 53 3-point goals. She leads the Lady Trojans with 171 rebounds.

No. 7 NIACC returns to action Thursday at home in an ICCAC contest against Iowa Lakes. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Mendez' 2018-19 season highs

Points - 41 vs. Ellsworth (1-26-19)
Rebounds - 17 vs. Little Priest Tribal College (1-23-19)
Assists - 6 vs. Bryant & Stratton (12-28-18)
Steals -  5 vs. Marshalltown CC (11-9-18)
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