Big Rapids, Mich. - Senior guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) has claimed this week's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Player of the Week honor after a strong individual start to the 2013-14 campaign this past weekend.
A two-time All-American, DeShone opened her final campaign by claiming all-tournament team honors for the Bulldogs after back-to-back 20-plus point performances at the United Electric Tipoff Classic hosted by Bellarmine University this weekend (Nov. 23-24) in Louisville, Ky.
DeShone tallied 42 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals against strong competition in the Bulldogs' second consecutive appearance at the event.
She had a game-high 20 points with four rebounds and four assists in the Bulldogs' close 64-61 setback in Saturday's opener against host Bellarmine, which won 19 games a year ago.
On Sunday, she totaled a contest-best 22 points with four boards and three assists in a setback to nationally fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern (Fla.).
Overall, DeShone averaged 21 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the two contests while shooting 59% from the floor and 43% from three-point range along with sinking five-of-six free throws (83%).
In addition, during Friday's game against Bellarmine, DeShone became the 15th player in school history to notch her 1,000th career point as she needed only seven points entering the season to reach the milestone mark.
In 2012-13, DeShone averaged a team-best 17.7 points per game, which ranked second in the conference. She also led the Bulldogs in assists (3.1) and sank a team-high 46 three-pointers as FSU posted a 13-13 overall mark.
As a junior last season, DeShone started all 26 games and reached double-figure scoring 24 times while attaining Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America Honorable Mention laurels for the second-straight year along with All-GLIAC First Team kudos. She scored 20 or more points in 11 outings while finishing with 461 points, 120 rebounds, 81 assists and 54 steals. She shot 39% (46-118) from three-point range and 81.3% (91-112) from the free throw line.
Previously, as a sophomore in 2011-12, DeShone averaged 14.1 points and 4.6 assists per contest in leading the Bulldogs to a 23-7 overall mark and the league's North Division Championship while reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Ferris State will break for the Thanksgiving holiday with the Bulldogs next scheduled to play their home and GLIAC opener against Lake Erie on Thursday, Dec. 5, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (ET).