Nov. 27, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Bernstein
Association continues to honor Div. III standouts
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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Demitrius Underwood of The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, Texas) and Allison Chernow of Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending November 25.

Underwood, a 6-2 junior guard from Mesquite, Texas, posted three double-doubles as the Comets (5-1) won all four of their games last week. After totaling 16 points, eight rebounds, five steals, three assists, and one block in a 93-56 win over Schreiner on Monday, Underwood totaled 22 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, a steal and block, and hit the game-winning layup with 13 seconds remaining in his team’s 72-71 victory over Hardin-Simmons on Wednesday. Then, playing in the Trinity (Texas) Tournament over the weekend, Underwood recorded 29 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and a steal as the Comets defeated then-No. 6 Whitworth ( 88-79 on Saturday. In Sunday’s contest against host Trinity, Underwood totaled 20 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and three steals. For the week, he averaged 21.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.5 spg, and 1.5 bpg. Overall, Underwood shot 56.1 percent (32-of-57) from the field, 80 percent (20-of-25) from the foul line and 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from three-point range. For his efforts, Underwood was also named the American Southwest Conference (ASC) Player of the Week.

Chernow, a 5-6 junior guard from Dresher, Pa., averaged 32 points, 6.5 rebounds. 4.5 assists, and 0.5 blocks per game as the Eagles (3-2) split their two contests last week. In a 90-87 double-overtime loss to host Transylvania at the Gratz Park Private Wealth Classic on Saturday, Chernow scored a career-high 39 points (second-highest in program history), including a school-record-tying and NCAA Division III-best nine three-pointers (9-of-11). She added five rebounds and five assists in the contest, while accumulating 22 of her points in the fourth quarter and overtimes. Then, against Denison on Sunday, Chernow totaled 25 points (11 in the fourth quarter), eight rebounds, four assists, and a steal in Emory’s 69-57 victory. Overall, she shot 58.1 percent (18-of-31) from the field, 89.5 percent (17-of-19) from the free-throw line and 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from behind the arc. For her efforts, Chernow was also named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

2018-19 USBWA Division III National Players of the Week
• Week ending Nov. 18: Keith Brown, Endicott College and Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, Emmanuel College
• Week ending Nov. 25: Demitrius Underwood, University of Texas at Dallas and Allison Chernow, Emory University
• Week ending Dec. 2: Kevin Dennis, Morrisville State College and Hannah Norlin, University of Wisconsin-Superior
• Week ending Dec. 9: Sean Smith, Jr., Manhattanville College and Madison Temple, Thomas More University
• Week ending Dec. 16: Auston Francis, Wheaton College (Ill.) and Madison Temple, Thomas More University
• Week ending Jan. 6: Will Carius, Monmouth College (Ill.) and Maddie Hasson, Bowdoin College
• Week ending Jan. 13: Elijah Hirsh, Berry College and Katie Garrish, Southern Virginia University
• Week ending Jan. 20: Hakeem Animashaun, Salem State University; Kierra McCarthy, Westfield State University
• Week ending Jan. 27: Sam Jefferson, Colby College; Caitlin Corbett, Hartwick College
• Week ending Feb. 3: Andrew Romero III, Johnson & Wales University; Rebecca Prociak, King's College
• Week ending Feb. 10: Aston Francis, Wheaton College (Ill.); Rachael Windhausen, Oswego State University
• Week ending Feb. 17: Kevin Dennis, Morrisville State College; Rah Rah Thompson, Albertus Magnus College
• Week ending Feb. 24: Luke Smith, Sewanee; Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, Emmanuel College