WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Sophomore forward Jordan Ouellette (Bristol, Conn.) of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's basketball team was selected as the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Newcomer of the Week for January 10, it was announced by association officials Monday evening. It marks the second career NEWBA nod for Ouellette, who was also tabbed to the NEWBA Honor Roll earlier this season on December 13, and the third accolade collected this week after being named both the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Player and Rookie of the Week. The Bristol native has been the go-to offensive weapon for fourth-year head coach Wendy Davis as women's basketball currently holds a 6-5 overall record, including a 2-2 mark in the GNAC.
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Ouellette kicked off 2022 with back-to-back 20-point performances and nearly averaged a double-double to lead the Blue Jays on the week. In the first two contests of the new calendar year, she averaged 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 56.3% (18-32) from the field and 83.3% (5-6) from the free-throw line. Ouellette opened the week with 20 points (9-15 FG) and five rebounds on January 4 in a setback on the road at GNAC powerhouse Saint Joseph's College of Maine. The 5-8 Bristol product followed that up with a monster 21-point (9-17 FG), 13-rebound double-double at home on January 8, where the Blue Jays were edged in the final seconds, 71-70, by Rivier. Ouellette has now scored 20-plus points in five of her last six outings and leads the Blue Jays on the season averaging 15.9 points per game. She also currently leads the GNAC in field-goal percentage, shooting it at a 56.2% clip through 11 games.
The Blue Jays are 5-1 at home and have won three straight games twice this season. A busy GNAC slate lies ahead as Saint Joseph will have four of its next six games on the road to cap off the month of January. USJ holds a one-game lead for the fourth spot in the South Division of the conference standings.
Ouellette and the Blue Jays return to the hardwood Wednesday, January 12 for a Great Northeast Athletic Conference matchup on the road against Elms College. Tipoff between the Blue Jays and Blazers is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. inside the Maguire Center in Chicopee, Mass. Spectators are currently not allowed at indoor athletic events inside the Maguire Center, but fans can follow all of the action live via the links to Elms' livestream which can be found on www.usjbluejays.com.
About the NEWBA
The New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) provides support for coaches from the New England Region. Membership in NEWBA is open to all Division III head coaches from the region who have a vested interest in the welfare of the organization.
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