SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University women’s basketball player Dominique Daniels was named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week, it was announced Monday by Commissioner Michael J. Marcil.

The junior began the 2008-09 season on a high note helping the Lions to a 2-0 record at the fifth annual Sleep Inn Classic last weekend.

In the Lions opening game, Daniels scored a game high 21 points en route to the 71-58 region victory over the Alabama-Huntsville Lady Chargers.  The Columbus, Ohio native went 7-for-9 from both the field and the free throw line, while pulling down seven rebounds.

The following night against Ave Maria University, Daniels played just fifteen minutes but made every moment count, tallying eight points, five rebounds and three assists in the 101-54 defeat of the Gyrenes.

She closed out the weekend averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 rebounds per game. Daniels shot an impressive 77 percent (10-for-13) from the floor, while going 9-for-11 at the charity stripe during the weekend sweep.

Daniels is the first women’s basketball player to be awarded the honor since Marquita Fenn in January of 2006. She is the also the ninth Saint Leo student-athlete to be named Player of the Week this academic year and the first of the winter season.

Daniels and the Lions return to action this Wednesday as Puerto-Rico Cayey visits the Bowman Center. Tip-off is set for 5:30 pm.