FIU Junior Leading Nation In Scoring
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Basketball fans everywhere know about the dominance of LeBron James. But another South Florida basketball player is putting up just as dominant numbers in college hoops and is making her mark in the record books.
Florida International University junior Jerica Coley has been dominating the Sun Belt Conference during the current season. She’s currently leading the country in scoring at 25.9 points per game and has scored in double-figures in 24-consecutive games.
Coley has scored at least 30 points 11 times this season and for the fourth time this season was named the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week this week. It’s the eighth time in Coley’s career she’s won player of the week honors.
Over the past week, Coley averaged 31.5 points per game on 54.8 percent shooting from the field and 88.9 percent from the free throw line. Coley, who is a likely All-American, scored 25 points against the Troy Trojans and 38 points versus the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers last week.
Coley’s stat line from the WKU game is LeBron-esque: 38 points on 14-22 shooting, nine rebounds, five blocks, three steals, and three assists in 38 minutes.
Currently, Coley leads FIU in seven statistical categories including: field goals made, three-point field goals made, free throws made, assists, blocks, steals, and points. She’s also the reigning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and produced 42 percent of FIU’s points this season.
Overall, FIU is 17-9 (11-6 in Sun Belt Conference play) on the season.
FIU’s final home game of the season will be Thursday against UALR and is set to tip off at 5:30 p.m.