Japonica James named Region 8 Player of the Week

Japonica James
Photo courtesy of Greg Rowland

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 14, 2017) – Tallahassee Community College sophomore forward Japonica James picked up her second straight NJCAA Region 8 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award on Tuesday. 

James, a native of Mobile, Ala., averaged 23.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 1.0 block in two games during the voting period which covered games played November 6-12. 

James led Tallahassee to a pair of wins as the Eagles improved to a perfect 4-0 on the still young season. 

After a 16-point, 10-rebound effort in Tallahassee’s 91-67 win at Santa Fe College on November 7, James recorded her fourth straight double-double in the Eagles’ 128-72 win over NJCAA No. 23 Vincennes (Ind.) University on November 11. 

In the win, James scored 30 points on 13-of-15 shooting, including 18 in the second quarter, to go along with 16 rebounds and eight assists. 

For the week, James shot 68.0 percent (17-of-25) from the floor and 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the free throw line. 

James is currently ranked second nationally in scoring (24.0 ppg) and is 12th in rebounds (12.8 rpg). 

In this week’s Region 8 Basketball Coaches’ Poll, the Tallahassee women remained No. 2 while the men dropped one spot to No. 3.