Former Crimson Bears' Rhea named college player of week

Seattle University’s Talisa Rhea is shown in action against San Diego University in November.

Former Crimson Bears’ basketball player Talisa Rhea, a 2007 JDHS graduate now playing at Seattle University, was named the Independent Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.


The honor was announced by the CSM website Monday. It is the third consecutive week a member of the Seattle University women’s basketball team was selected.

In Sunday’s 69-55 victory over Portland, Rhea contributed to the Redhawks’ third straight win in many ways, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds, six assists, and three steals. It was the fourth straight game in which Rhea scored in double figures, and the three steals were the most in a game so far this season.

For the season, Rhea is second on the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. She also leads the Redhawks in assists with 49, averaging 5.4 assists per game, and she is tied for second on the squad with 11 steals. Rhea earns the weekly honor from College Sports Madness after sophomore Kacie Sowell (Ventura, Calif.) was named Independent Player of the Week in each of the past two weeks.

“Talisa has been an outstanding leader from the moment she stepped onto our campus,” Seattle U head coach Joan Bonvicini said. “She can influence the game as a scorer, a passer or a defender. She is the ultimate team player and winner.”

Seattle University (5-4) had a three-game winning streak heading into yesterday’s home game against Santa Clara in the Connolly Center North Court.


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