Junior guard Lyrell Barfield has quickly become the focal point of FAU's offense
Feb. 9, 2010
BOCA RATON, FL – Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team announced today that guard Lyrell Barfield has been named the Sun Belt Player of the Week. The Miami native scored career-highs in back-to-back games and was instrumental in the Owls two road victories this past week. She becomes the second player for FAU to be honored with the award, following Breana Turner’s selection last season.
“She is an exceptional player and an exceptional person,” said Chancellor Dugan, FAU women’s basketball head coach. “Any time one of our players wins an individual award like this, it always reflects positively on the team. Lyrell is starting to become the focal point of our offense and her teammates are starting to look for her.”
The junior college transfer scored a then career-high 24 points in FAU’s 94-76 victory over the University of North Texas in Denton on February 3. Barfield was 7-of-13 from the field and also made a career-high 7-of-8 shots from the free-throw.
The Norland High School graduate topped that performance on February 6 in 70-56 road win over the University of Denver. Barfield netted 25 points and drained a career-high 6-of-12 three-point field goals to go along with a career-high seven steals. The victory for the Owls was the first ever at the Magness Arena in the Mile High City.
Barfield will enter play on Wednesday, February 10 as the 12th leading scorer in the Sun Belt Conference (13.3 ppg). The junior is also ranked third in the conference in three-point FG made per game (2.3). She has also scored in double-figures in 11 straight games dating back to FAU’s 68-58 loss to South Alabama on January 2, a game which saw the Miami native record her first career-double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds).
The 5-foot-8-inch right-pure shooter attended Midland Junior College in Texas and was an All-American selection during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Barfield is second on the team with a 44.2 percent from the field (111-for-251) and 35.1 percent (54-for-154) from behind the arc.
As a team, the Owls will look for their fifth win in their last six games on Wednesday night at home against Louisiana-Lafayette. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. from FAU Arena.