After exploding for a school record 43 points in a win over Eastern Michigan and scoring 26 more against Miami, University at Buffalo star guard Cierra Dillard has been named espnW’s National Player of the Week on Monday.
Dillard, who leads the nation in scoring averaging 25.9 points per game, is just the third Mid-Major player to receive the honor.
WATCH: 1-on-1 with @UBwomenshoops star guard @msdillard15 who was named @ESPN_WomenHoop National Player of the Week. @news4buffalo
“Buffalo is a sports city. So, bringing success and bringing recognition to the city of Buffalo means a lot to me, especially being a WNY girl.” pic.twitter.com/wzbaJl8IyQ— Nick Filipowski (@NEWS4_NICK) January 14, 2019
“It’s a very speical honor, a very special accomplishemnt,” Dillard told News 4 Sports. “It just talking about all the hardwork and effort you do over the summer is being recognized and I can’t say enough about my teammates and my coaching staff. They’re doing an amazing job.”
Great to catchup with @msdillard15 to chat about her @espnW National Player if the Week honors and the season. Catch it tonight on @news4buffalo #Bulls #UBHornsUp pic.twitter.com/QDNbHHOYya— Nick Filipowski (@NEWS4_NICK) January 14, 2019
After helping Buffalo burst onto the national scene a year ago with their historic run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Dillard added it’s exciting to keep UB in the national spotlight.
“Buffalo is a sports city. So, bringing success and bringing recognition to the city of Buffalo means a lot to me, especially being a Western New York girl, growing up just down the road, it means a lot. I know it means alot to my teammates and coaches.”
Dillard and the Bulls will look to pickup a third straight win Wednesday against Ball State.