PARKVILLE, Mo. – Park University junior guard Channell Mackey (5-foot-4, Washington, D.C.) averaged 26.5 points and 6.5 assists per game last week, including a win over No. 25 William Woods University, and Monday, she was named American Midwest Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week by league officials Jan. 6.
Mackey scored 31 points and had eight assists, going 11-for-21 from the floor and 8-for-8 at the foul line to begin the week, an 84-78 loss to No. 21 Columbia College Thursday (Jan. 2). Park led late in the game, but the Cougars sealed the conference win at the foul line, where Mackey was nearly perfect on the week.
She hit seven more free throws in eight tries Saturday, leading Park to a 65-58 win over No. 25 William Woods, with 22 points and eight rebounds. Mackey added five assists against the Owls, helping Park to its first win over William Woods since rejoining the AMC in 2009-10. It also marked the team's first win over the Owls under current head coach Kenneth Cooper.
"Channell was our go-to all week, and especially against William Woods, she stepped up and they didn't have an answer for her," Cooper said. "We knew when she came here that Channell had a chance to make an impact in this conference, and she proved that this week."
Mackey averages 15 points per game with five double-figure games, four of which have been 20-point games or better. Her 31 points against Columbia was a career-high, at Park, and Mackey has found double figures in all three conference games for the Pirates.
Park, now 3-6 overall, is 1-2 in the American Midwest Conference, even with William Woods in seventh place, and a game behind a four-way third-place tie between Williams Baptist College, Lyon College, Missouri Baptist University and Hannibal-LaGrange University. The Pirates resume play Thursday in the AMC, traveling to Harris-Stowe State University (2-10, 0-4 AMC) at 5:30 p.m.
OTHERS NOMINATED FOR AMC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brittany Montgomery, Freed-Hardeman University; Blake French, William Woods University; Heather English, Columbia College; Ashleigh Hurd-Spencer, Hannibal-LaGrange University; Carina Jackson, Lyon College.