Concordia sophomore guard Bailey Morris has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports GPAC Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Morris is the first Bulldog to earn the distinction this season and is the first Concordia weekly honoree since Amber Kistler on Feb. 13 of last season.
Morris scored more than 20 points in both of the Bulldogs’ wins over the past week, including a career high 27-point effort in the win over No. 4 Morningside in the NAIA Game of the Week on Jan. 12. Morris averaged 24.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 18-for-30 (60 percent) from the field and 8-for-11 (72.7 percent) from 3-point range in Concordia’s two GPAC victories.
“Bailey is turning into one of the best players in the conference and one of the best players in the country,” Olson said following the Morningside game. “She is coming along. She’s just a sophomore. Her upside is huge. She keeps getting better.”
Morris’ big week allowed her to take over the team scoring lead with 15.6 points per game, a figure that places her third in the conference. Her 3.28 steals per game rank second in the GPAC behind teammate Kristen Conahan.
Morris, a native of Roseland, Neb., has added a lethal outside shot this season to go with her knack for cruising past defenders on the way to the basket. She has improved from 8.5 points in 2011-12 to 15.6 in 2012-13 while pushing her 3-point field goal percentage from 28.6 to 41.3 this season.
As the GPAC Player of the Week, Morris is now placed on the national ballot among the honorees from all other NAIA Division II conferences, independents and unaffiliated groupings. The NAIA National Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Week will be announced on Tuesday. Kistler was tabbed with this award on Feb. 14 last season.