411OnTheForty: Collier named Big 12 Player of the Week

30 Nov By
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Center Charli Collier was named Big 12 Player of the Week after dominating SMU and North Texas in the Longhorns' first two games of the year (photo courtesy of texas sports.com).

IRVING, Texas — Charli Collier was named Big 12 Player of the Week Monday after leading the Texas women's basketball team to a pair of lopsided victories to start the 2020-21 season.

Collier averaged 34.5 points per game and 14.0 rebounds per game to lead the Longhorns past SMU, 90-51, in the season opener and then to a 106-69 rout of North Texas.

Collier was sidelined for a large part of Wednesday's contest against SMU due to two quick fouls, but she still scored 25 points in 19 minutes. Sunday against UNT, Collier played 34 minutes and scored a career-high 44 points. It marked the fourth-best single game scoring performance in program history, and the most points scored by a Longhorn since 1994.

Not surprisingly, Collier's averages of 34.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game lead the Longhorns in each category.

Texas will host Louisiana Tech and Texas A&M this week at the Frank Erwin Center. UT and LaTech will tip off at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a game that can be seen on the Longhorn Network, and will host the Aggies at 7 p.m. Sunday in a game that will be carried on ESPN2.

Texas is ranked No. 25 in this week's Associated Press poll.

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley