As a preliminary note, I'm not doing an Athlete of the Week just to avoid nominating Lindsey Harding as an Unathlete. I've been alternating for the entire history of the blog, it's the athletes' turn to shine. Here goes:
(1) Sylvia Fowles: With her program surrounded by the spectre of silence and scandal since Pokey Chapman's resignation, Fowles and the rest of her Tigers teammates have been busy - winning. Fowles led her Tigers to the Final Four last night with a resounding 73-50 win against everybody's favorite villain - Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies. Fowles averaged 21.5 pts, 12 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks a game in the West Regional and dominated in their win against the Huskies.
(2) Luol Deng: The former Visionary averaged 24.7 ppg on 56% shooting from the floor and pulled down 8.7 rebounds per game in leading the Bulls to 3 straight wins this week. The super-efficient Deng capped off his week with a career best 38 points on 18 of 25 shooting against the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night.
(3) Carlos Boozer: When he's not busy stabbing blind people in the back and suing Prince, C-Booz is busy getting buckets. Boozer poured in a career high 41 points to lift the Jazz over Agent Zero and the Wizards last night. The performance headlined a week in which Boozer averaged 27.3 ppg while shooting an absurd 66.7% and pulled down 13.3 rpg.
(4) Kay Yow: The long-time NC State coach waged a war for the ages against both stage 4 breast cancer and uber-villain Auriemma this week. While the scoreboard may not show it in the end, Yow emerged victorious. She raised awareness for the constant need for funds in the medical and research battle against cancer, and demonstrated what resolve and conviction really means in an era when this administration is busy trying to redefine "resolve" and "conviction" as meaning delusional and obstinate. Before Satan Auriemma ended the women's basketball world's favorite Cinderella story, Coach Yow led her team to three stirring wins that will long be remembered around Raleigh - the win against UNC on the night that the court was renamed Kay Yow Court, handing No. 1 Journey its first loss of the season, and the overtime win against Baylor to get to the Sweet 16.
My vote goes to Kay Yow.