Bradbury Tabbed NAIA National Player of the Week


KANSAS CITY – Taylor University women’s basketball player Kendall Bradbury has been named the NAIA Division II National Player of the Week, the national office announced on Tuesday.


The Highlands Ranch, Colorado native is just the third player in the team’s 56-year history to receive the national honor, following Natalie Steele in 1996 and Liz Plass in 2005.


Bradbury helped TU improve to 8-2 in Crossroads League play and match the program’s best start in Crossroads League play, averaging 28.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game last week, while shooting 65.7 percent from the floor, 50.0 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the free throw line. The junior poured in 36 points to record her 10th-career 30-point outing in a 39-point rout of Bethel on Wednesday, before tallying 21 points on 9-of-11 from the floor and grabbing 11 boards in a 24-point win over Grace on Saturday.


The All-American now sits in fourth place on TU’s all-time scoring list with 1,781 career points, and her 21 points against Grace was Bradbury’s 20th-straight game of 20 points or more. Bradbury currently leads both NAIA Division I and II in scoring (24.9 points per game), while ranking eighth in NAIA Division II in rebounding (10.5 rebounds per game) and second in double-doubles (13).


Bradbury and the 15th-ranked Trojans (15-7, 8-2 CL) will face Spring Arbor (8-13, 2-8 CL) on the road in a 7:00 pm Crossroads League matchup on Wednesday, looking for their fifth-consecutive win. Taylor defeated Spring Arbor, 76-49, inside Odle Arena on November 29 in the first matchup between the two squads this season.