Dec. 5, 2005
Kamela Gissendanner, Penn State
SO, 6-0, G, Clairton, Pa./Clairton
Gissendanner led Penn State to a 2-1 record this week and scored a career-high 34 points and helped the Lady Lions to a thrilling 78-72 double-overtime win over No. 24/24 Texas Tech. The sophomore took charge after halftime, scoring 11 points in the second half and 14 in the overtime periods to finish the game 11-of-25 (.440) from the floor and 12-of-15 (.800) from the line. Her 34 points are the most by a Lady Lion since 2002, when Kelly Mazzante scored 34 against Wisconsin in a Big Ten Tournament game. Gissendanner's 49 minutes versus the Lady Raiders were impressive, especially considering four other Lady Lions fouled out of the game.
Prior to her career performance, Gissendanner posted 10 points and seven rebounds over 38 minutes in a road loss to Old Dominion, but bounced back to shoot 6-of-11 from the field for 15 points in 27 minutes at home in a 69-60 win over rival Pittsburgh. On the week, Gissendanner averaged 19.7 points on .420 shooting and 4.7 rebounds in 38 minutes of play.
Last PSU POW: Tanisha Wright (1/24/05)
Liz Shimek, Michigan State
SR, 6-1, F, Empire, Mich./Maple City-Glen Lake
Shimek earns her second weekly honor of the season after dominating Pepperdine in the Spartans' 82-64 win over the Waves. The senior did not show any rust from an eight-day layoff, posting 28 points, which tied her career high, and racking up 12 boards for her 25th career double-double. She also tied her career high with 13 field goals as she went 13-for-15 (.867) from the field. Shimek has scored at least 26 points on three occasions this season, with all occurring at home. In her three games at the Breslin Center so far this season, Shimek is averaging 27.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and shooting .818 (36-of-44) from the field.
Last MSU POW: Liz Shimek (11/21/05)