Biola Athlete Named GSAC Player of the Week

Basketball Player, Jessilyn Conicelli Stands Out

Jan. 14, 2009 By Jenna Bartlo

Biola forward Jessilyn Conicelli has been named the GSAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 5-11, becoming the first Biola player to earn the honor since the 2003-04 season.

Conicelli, a sophomore from Redlands, tallied 36 points and 23 rebounds to help lead Biola to a pair of GSAC wins last week. On Tuesday, January 6, she scored a career-high 21 points and added nine rebounds and five steals as the Eagles upset No. 5 Azusa Pacific 61-56. Conicelli was 10-for-14 from the field in the game to help Biola record its first home win over the arch-rival Cougars in 12 years.

On Saturday, Concicelli recorded game-highs of 15 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to lead Biola to a 62-49 win at San Diego Christian.

Conicelli has been having an outstanding sophomore campaign, averaging 11.7 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Her rebounding numbers currently have her ranked No. 4 in NAIA Division I.

Conicelli becomes the first GSAC women's basketball Player of the Week from Biola since the 2003-04 season when Shelby Hill earned the final honor of the season.

The Eagles are off to their second-best start in the last 20 years and are currently ranked No. 18 in the NAIA Division I National Poll. Biola has a 10-3 overall record and has won its last six-straight games and is tied for fourth in the GSAC with a 3-2 mark.

No. 18 Biola saw its six-game winning streak come to a sudden end as a subpar shooting night led to a 55-49 win by No. 10 Westmont College in a GSAC game on Tuesday (Jan. 13) night at Chase Gymnasium.

Check out the Eagles season schedule for their future games.

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