Two more incredible showings has helped Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Shelby Wilbanks capture the Magnolia State’s weekly prize once again.
Wilbanks was recognized as the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Player of the Week for all games contested between January 23-29.
“Like I’ve said several times before, she’s one of those players that puts in the extra time in the gym to receive an honor like this,” said Lady Tigers head coach Brenda Mayes. “She takes one game at a time. It’s a credit to her performance.”
It is the fourth time in Wilbanks’ storied career for her to win this prestigious accolade. She is now tied with Aushiana Ivy for the most MACJC Player of the Week laurels by any athlete in program history.
“I’ve been working hard and I’m just appreciative to have a team that helps me to do the best I can,” Wilbanks said. “I have good coaches that know what we need to do and how to capitalize on our momentum. It all plays together.”
Wilbanks was crucial for Northeast as it broke a lengthy losing streak to archrival Itawamba Community College and won inside Fulton’s Davis Event Center for the first time ever.
The Walnut native tallied a game-high 22 points against the defending National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 champions. She went 10-of-21 from the field and added six rebounds as well.
Wilbanks scored just two points in the opening quarter, but it gave the Lady Tigers a lead of 9-8 at that time. She picked up the pace in the second with eight points, including a basket at the 1:22 mark that lifted Northeast ahead 24-22 at halftime.
She accounted for six consecutive points for the Lady Tigers in the middle of the third as they expanded their advantage to double-digits at 41-30. Wilbanks also added a big block later that period.
Wilbanks completed her sensational outing with four points early in the final stanza. She played in all but one minute for Northeast in its road victory and posted two steals as well.
The 5-11 forward notched 20 points three nights later during the Lady Tigers’ home triumph over Mississippi Delta Community College to complete the first rotation in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division schedule.
She shot 58.8-percent overall versus the Lady Trojans. Wilbanks also finished in a tie with LaKeiya Lane and Timaya Stewart for the most rebounds in the contest for either squad at eight.
Wilbanks was pivotal in the decisive first period for the Lady Tigers in which they outscored Mississippi Delta by a 29-6 clip. She had 10 points, including an offensive rebound and put back as the horn sounded to conclude the quarter.
She currently leads Northeast with team-best averages of 15.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Wilbanks wields the second highest field goal percentage on the squad at 45.2 and is second in blocks with 14 total.
Wilbanks has six double-doubles so far this season and 17 overall during her tenure with the Lady Tigers. She has also accumulated four 20-plus point efforts during her final campaign in the City of Hospitality.
She garnered this same recognition earlier this month after averaging a double-double in wins over Arkansas State University Mid-South and Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Wilbanks also claimed this award twice as a freshman, including after setting career-highs with 33 points and 18 boards in a double overtime victory at Arkansas State Mid-South.
CUTLINES (PHOTOS: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
Northeast Mississippi Community College sophomore Shelby Wilbanks eyes the basket during the Lady Tigers’ 88-50 victory over Mississippi Delta Community College one week ago. Wilbanks was selected as the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Player of the Week for games played between January 23-29.
Head shot of Shelby Wilbanks, who was voted as the MACJC Player of the Week for the fourth time in her outstanding career at Northeast.