Sam Houston’s Walker Tabbed Southland Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State senior guard Jaylonn Walker is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.Walker was amazing in the Bearkats’ lone game on the week, pouring in 41 points to break the SHSU single-game record that had stood for 30 years. The mark was the highest scoring total by any Southland player, and the ninth-most of any player in the NCAA, this season. Walker had 13 points in the first half, and the Kats trailed by as many as 22 points before the break. After the intermission, she tossed in 28 more points as her team drew to within three points before falling 94-91 on the road at Abilene Christian.Sam Houston closes out its regular season with its home finale on Wednesday, March 4, as host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before facing Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches on Saturday, March 7.Basketball Player of the Week – Jaylonn Walker, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Guard – Calvert, TexasWith 41 points to shatter the school’s single-game scoring record after three decades, Walker earned her first career Southland Player of the Week honor. She is also the third Bearkat to claim weekly honors this season, joining Jenniffer Oramas (Nov. 12) and Amber Leggett (Dec. 16). Walker scored her 41 points in 30 minutes of play, draining five three-pointers and hitting 8-of-10 at the free throw line. She poured in 28 points in the second half to help shrink a 22-point deficit in a road game at Abilene Christian.Honorable Mention: Breanna Wright, Abilene Christian; Imani Robinson, UIW; Chrystal Ezechukwu, Nicholls Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.#SouthlandStronglast_img read more

Hate Crimes Increase in U.S. For Second Straight Year: FBI

first_imgThe United States witnessed more hate crimes in 2016 than the previous year, with an increase of 4.6 per cent from 2015, new FBI data showed.The total number of hate crimes in 2016 was 6,121, compared with 5,850 in 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation data revealed on Nov. 13.Those criminal incidents, the report said, were motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity, Xinhua news agency reported.According to the data, the number of hate crimes increased for a second consecutive year, and most were “single-bias incidents.”Hate crime victims, explained the FBI, can be individuals, businesses, government entities, religious organisations, or society as whole, and they can be committed against persons, property, or society.Of those single-bias offences in 2016, nearly 58 per cent were motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry bias, while 21 per cent were driven by religious bias and about 18 per cent were caused due to bias towards sexual orientation.More than half of the race-related incidents were anti-black, while some 20 per cent were anti-white. Over half of the religion-related offences were anti-Jewish, while a quarter were anti-Muslim, according to the data.“No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, or how they worship,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement after the data was released.The FBI report was based on voluntary reporting by over 15,000 local law enforcement agencies.Sim Singh, the national advocacy manager of the Sikh Coalition, said the FBI statistics “represents the tip of the iceberg.”Singh said it will be hard for the country to mobilize political will and resources necessary to address the issue if law enforcement agencies fail to document true extent of hate crimes.– (IANS) Related Itemshate crimes FBIracial attacks AmericaSim Singh Sikh Coalitionsingle-bias incidents USAUS hate crimesUS hate crimes 2016last_img read more