Feb. 8, 2004
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - St. Bonaventure freshman guard Stephanie Merlo was named Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Week for the week of February 1-7.
Merlo earned the award after scoring 13 points in the Bonnies 70-68 win versus Saint Joseph's. Merlo was a catalyst for the Bonnies 11-2 run that brought them back from a 46-40 deficit to a 51-48 lead. She hit two of her three three pointers during that stretch and assisted on another. She finished second on the team in scoring with 13 points to go with a career and team-high six assists. Eleven of Merlo's 13 came during the second half.
Merlo, who missed the first three games of the season following successful elbow surgery, is averaging 6.5 points per game, tied for fifth best on the squad.
Merlo is only the second St. Bonaventure player to earn a weekly conference award. Junior Stefanie Collins earned Player of the Week honors in November. Merlo shares the award with Xavier's Miranda Green.
The Bonnies (7-13, 3-6) and Merlo host Rhode Island today at noon.