Following two double-double performances in the first and second rounds of the 2019 Postseason WNIT, freshman forward Kari Niblack of the West Virginia University women’s basketball team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Niblack stepped into the starting lineup and posted back-to-back double-doubles on the week. Despite sitting the bench due to foul trouble in the first half of Thursday’s 83-43 win over Rider, Niblack scored a career-high 20 points in the second and hauled in 13 rebounds for her third career double-double. The Leesburg, Florida, native went 7-of-9 from the field and hit six free throws in the win.
On Sunday against Villanova, Niblack grabbed a career-high 16 boards. She also went 7-for-8 at the free-throw line and chipped in 13 points for double-double No. 4 on the season to help WVU down the Wildcats 64-57. The freshman finished the week averaging 16.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per game.
Kari had only two or three fouls the entire game against Villanova and was never in serious foul trouble at any point in the game.
She had much better footwork and noticeably resisted the urge to over react on block attempts when Villanova drove on her.
She is showing growth and maturity by leaps and bounds this year and if she continues to develop will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. If she can develop a reliable outside shot, particularly beyond the arc she would be an First team all Big 12 selection.
She’s had a lot thrown at her, and has had to produce quickly when others inside became unavailable for a variety of reasons. Another impressive thing is that she gives up some height and reach to just about every opponent, but still rebounds like crazy.