BATON ROUGE - University of New Orleans junior Lovell Cook was named Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Player of the Week late Monday afternoon.
Voted on weekly by members of the media from across the state of Louisiana, Cook emerged as the state's top player for the week of Dec. 12 through Dec. 18.
Cook averaged 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and shot 72.7 percent from the field during a week in which the UNO men's basketball team extended its win streak to six and run of home success to 16 straight contests.
During the course of the week's three contests, Cook matched and then established new career-highs in scoring with each passing game while shooting at a blistering percentage from the field.
The former Warren Easton standout started by matching his career-high with 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting in a 66-55 win over Saint Leo at Lakefront Arena. Three nights later, Cook shot 8 of 11 from the field on way to a new career-best of 18 points in a 93-86 win at Concordia-Selma.
To cap off the week, the New Orleans native netted a career-high 21 points on 9 of 14 shooting against North Alabama. The contest was the fourth in a row dating back to the win over Johnson & Wales in which Cook had scored at least 16 points.
The honor is the first for a UNO player since Zach Kinsley on Dec. 29, 2010. Cook is not the first former Warren Easton player to don a Privateer uniform to receive the recognition, joining Kyndall Dykes, who was named LSWA Player of the Week on Feb. 25, 2009.
"This is a nice honor for Lovell and our program," said Privateer head coach Mark Slessinger. "It is a good reward for his hard work and positive attitude that he has shown throughout this season."
"Lovell continues to develop and improve each week and plays very unselfishly within our team system."
Cook and his UNO teammates are in the midst of the holiday break and will resume play on Dec. 27 at North Texas. Following a game at Colorado on Dec. 28, the Privateers return for a four-game homestand that includes a Dec. 31 home date against Christian Brothers.
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