Monday, March 28, 2011

VCU's Hurt: Overlooked and underappreciated

What about Courtney Hurt? Dare we call her the most overlooked player in the country?

The Final Four-bound VCU men are the talk of the nation and deservedly so. Hurt, on the other hand, isn't even a blip on the postseason accolade radar.

The WBCA issued a "watch list" last week with 40 names on it for its All-American team (anyone else wonder why, at the end of March, the list is only narrowed down to 40?). Hurt isn't on that list.

The 6-1 forward led the nation in rebounding (12.7 rpg) and was second in the nation in scoring (23.2 ppg). She is also the NCAA leader in double-doubles with 30. She shot 45 percent from the field and averaged 34 minutes, amassing 720 points all by her lonesome this season.

Not even a mention for Hurt alongside Michigan State's Kalisha Keane (16.1 ppg, 5 rpg) or Iowa's Kachine Alexander (14.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg)? No disrespect to those players or anyone else on the WBCA list, but why the snub for Hurt? VCU finished 19-12, sweeping Old Dominion and recording a victory over UNC Wilmington. The Rams fell in the CAA Tournament semifinals and advanced to the WNIT. Early in the season, prior to Andrea Barbour becoming eligible, Hurt was the Rams offense. Her trademark was her consistency, which never wavered with or without Barbour in the lineup.

We think she put together a pretty impressive year, and certainly a good enough one to among the 40 players considered for All-American.

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