The Army Athletic Association Play of the Week for January 9, 2012.
NOTES: Broke out as one of the most dynamic players in the Patriot League in 2011-12 ... unconventional style ... constantly working to improve ... tremendous all-around athlete ... physical player ... Army's first-ever recruit out of Alaska.
2012-13 (SENIOR): All-Patriot League first team member for the second straight year ... seventh Army player to earn back-to-back first-team honors ... Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year ... three-time Patriot League Player of the Week ... team's leading scorer for the second consecutive season ... 10th player in program history to lead the team in scoring for multiple seasons ... team-high scoring 14 times ... team-best 10 20+ point games ... career scoring average (11.9) ranks ninth all-time ... free-throw percentage (.728) lists 13th ... 74 three-pointers is seventh-most ... slow start to the season, scoring in double figures just once through the first four games ... third career double-double with game-high 21 points, 10 rebounds at Fairleigh Dickinson (11/15) ... exploded for 26 points at Weber State (11/21) to begin six-game double-digit scoring streak ... back-to-back game-high points against Yale (12/1) and Manhattan (12/4) ... 10 rebounds at Brown (1/2) ... back-to-back 20+ point games at Morgan State (1/6) and in conference opener against Bucknell (1/12) ... career-high six assists against the Bears ... averaged just 5.8 points the next five games ... broke out of offensive slump with 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists at Lehigh (2/2) ... scored in double figures in eight of final nine games before the WNIT ... game-high 23 points vs. Lafayette (2/13) ... 15 points, three rebounds, three assists in Gold Star win at Navy (2/16) ... back-to-back 21-point games in final week of the regular season at Holy Cross (2/27) and against Lehigh (3/2) on Senior Day ... 13 points, eight rebounds in Patriot League Tournament loss to Colgate (3/7) ... 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists in final game at Army - the Black Knights' WNIT setback at Fordham (3/21) ... career-high season totals in three-pointers (40), rebounds (171), assists (67) and steals (41).
2011-12 (JUNIOR): First team All-Patriot League performer ... led the conference in scoring (14.8 points per game) ... garnered the team's Most Valuable Player award ... started 18 of 29 games played ... scored in double-figures 23 times and scored at least 20 points in seven games ... emerged as a major scoring threat at the start of Patriot League play ... averaged 18.9 points per game and totaled three double-doubles over 14 league games ... led Army in scoring in 16 of the final 17 games of the season ... first-ever Anaconda Patriot League Player of the Week award came on Jan. 9, just two days after pouring in a then-career high 27 points in Army's 64-54 win at Bucknell (Jan. 7) in the Patriot League opener ... went on to best that number with a career-high 28 points in the Black Knights' pivotal 66-64 upset of Lehigh (Jan. 29) at Christl Arena ... scored 20 of her 28 points in the first half alone.
2010-11 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 12 games, five of which came during Patriot League action ... scored in seven contests, including her final four outings ... netted a career-high seven points in 18 minutes of action at Lafayette (Jan. 26) ... also grabbed a career-high six rebounds against the Leopards, a mark that led Army in the final box score ... totaled six points on 3-of-6 shooting in the Black Knights' convincing 57-34 win over visiting St. Francis (N.Y.) (Nov. 27) ... pulled down five boards against the Terriers ... averaged 2.3 points per game and exactly eight minutes per contest.
2009-10 (FRESHMAN): Rookie season was riddled with injury ... did not dress for the majority of the year ... earned playing time in two games and did not score ... played two minutes against Manhattan (Dec. 8) and three minutes at Lafayette (Feb. 24) ... grabbed a career-high three rebounds against the Jaspers.
BACKGROUND: One of the top high school athletes in Alaska in 2008-09 ... multiple-time all-state performer in basketball, volleyball and track during her career ... lettered four years as a forward under head coach Daniel Skipworth ... earned three all-state citations in basketball ... twice named Player of the Year on a team that won state basketball titles in 2007 and 2008 ... three-time all-state volleyball player at outside hitter ... captained Anchorage for three seasons ... named Alaska's Best Hitter and Best Server ... led the team to a state championship in 2008 ... claimed an individual state title in the 100m hurdles in track ... team won state championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
PERSONAL: Anna Simmers ... daughter of Jeffrey and Sheldonia Simmers ... has spent the last two summers as a cadre for new cadets at West Point and most recently training in Fort Jackson, Miss. ... Company E-3 ... first Army recruit out of Alaska ... major is Arabic.