Lady Pirate receives FCCAA’s Player of the Week

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Gemalie Perez
The Corsair

Every week Florida’s Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) names one athlete as Player of the week. The player of the week for the second week in November was PJC’s Deanna Allen.

“All game stats are reported to FCCAA Scoreboard after each game. The player in Florida with the best stats (points, rebounds, steals, and assists) for the week is chosen the FCCAA Player of the week,” Chanda Rigby, women’s basketball head coach, said.

Allen averaged 26.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 6.0 steals during the week she was chosen for the award.

“I feel very appreciative of this award,” Allen said. “It doesn’t stop here. I will continue to polish my game, because I know my team needs my presence.”

Allen may have received the award for best stats of the week, but her efforts spread farther than any award being received.

“Deana is a player that any coach would love to have as a player. She is very unselfish and puts her teammates first. She works very hard in the classroom, as well as the basketball court,” Rigby said.

Allen currently maintains a 3.4 GPA while staying very active in the community by helping with many of Pensacola’s well known organizations, such as United Way and The Miracle League of Pensacola. She is also one of the most highly recruited women’s basketball players in the nation.

Although this will be Allen’s last year playing for PJC, she plans on helping the Pirates achieve their full potential this season.

“I really wish PJC was a four year university because I would love to stay here and play all four years,” Allen said, while on a phone call with the head coach of North Carolina State.

Allen currently is being scouted by schools such as Rutgers, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina State University, and the University of Alabama.

“We will certainly miss her when she is gone, but we are excited about her future, and we are so glad that we could be a part in helping guide her and help her grow toward her potential,” Rigby said.