Demons’ record-shattering Woodley wins Louisiana Player of the Week award

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NATCHITOCHES — After breaking Northwestern State’s 40-year-old career scoring mark and leading the Demons to three victories, including a pair over the Southland Conference champion and a runner-up, senior swingman Zeek Woodley was voted the Louisiana collegiate men’s Player of the Week Monday afternoon.

In his final two games last week, Woodley averaged 24.5 points, shot 52 percent from the floor, 45 percent on 3-pointers and 94 percent (16-17) at the free throw line, averaging six rebounds and 2.5 assists as NSU won at Stephen F. Austin 72-67 Thursday night and rolled past Central Arkansas 97-83 Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Prather Coliseum.

A weekend earlier, Woodley scored 28, including the game-winning layup with 4.3 seconds left, as the Demons knocked off eventual Southland champion New Orleans 83-82 at Prather Coliseum.

Voting for the LSWA’s weekly award was done by a panel of sports media from around the state.

Despite missing 15 games in the heart of his senior season due to a broken wrist, Woodley topped Billy Reynolds’ school scoring record of 2,009 points while posting 25 against UCA, finishing with 2,033.

The 6-2 Pelican All-Saints High product scored 24 two nights earlier as the Demons dumped Southland runner-up Stephen F. Austin on the road. That outcome snapped a five-year, 45-game SFA homecourt win streak over Southland opponents.

Against UCA, Woodley broke the record on his first basket, a dunk, just 2:30 into play, and his last five points, on consecutive possessions, were shot clock-beating jumpers from 14 and 20 feet, repelling UCA’s last run.

Woodley missed all but the final four Southland games due to a fractured right (shooting) wrist suffered Dec. 19 in a game at Rice as he scored 20 points, 10 in the second half after the injury.

In his four games back, all against Southland Tournament entries, he averaged 23.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, shot 51 percent from the floor, 47 percent on 3s and 91 percent on free throws. Sidelined for NSU’s first 14 Southland games this year, he still finished only 51 points shy of the league’s career scoring top 10.

He is a semifinalist in the contest, with a slight lead in the online voting in his matchup heading into the final days of voting to determine finalists for a trip to the Final Four for the State Farm Slam Dunk Contest.

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Doug Ireland

Doug Ireland

Sports Information Director, Northwestern State (LA) Chairman, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

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