McKINNEY NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THE 3RD STRAIGHT WEEK

McKINNEY NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THE 3RD STRAIGHT WEEK

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the third straight week, fourth time this season, and sixth time of his three-year career, Sacramento State senior guard Mikh McKinney received Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors. He was the co-recipient this week and shared the award with Eastern Washington's Drew Brandon.

McKinney becomes the first player to receive Big Sky Player of the Week honors three consecutive weeks since Montana center Brian Qvale accomplished the feat Jan. 17-31, 2011.

The four Big Sky weekly honors for McKinney is a Sacramento State single-season record, and the six career honors also is a program record.

McKinney, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard from Union City, Calif., led Sacramento State (15-6, 9-1) to a pair of home wins against Montana State and Montana last week, as the Hornets remain all alone in first place in the Big Sky standings this late in the season for the first time ever.

The team co-captain averaged 20.5 points, 7.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game while shooting .520 (13-25) from the field, .455 (5-11) from the 3-point line and .909 (10-11) from the free throw line. McKinney also had nearly a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (14 assists, five turnovers) and had a combined plus/minus ratio of +24. He played 38 minutes in both games while also shooting at least .500 from the floor, .400 from the 3-point line and .800 from the free throw line in both contests.

In the Hornets' 75-59 victory over Montana State on Thursday night, McKinney finished with 23 points, three rebounds, eight assists and five steals. He shot 8-of-16 from the field, 3-of-6 from the 3-point line and 4-for-5 from the charity stripe.

McKinney followed up that effort two days later in the team's 70-69 victory against Montana with 18 points, three rebounds, six assists and three steals. He was 5-of-9 from the field, 2-for-5 from the 3-point line and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Overall this season, he is averaging 19.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.9 steals per game while shooting .541 (139-257) from the field, .419 (36-86) from the 3-point line and .786 (66-84) from the free throw stripe.

In conference play, he is averaging 20.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game while shooting .541 from the field, .468 from the 3-point line and .740 from the free throw line. That includes a +2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio while averaging 37.1 minutes per game.

Amazingly, McKinney ranks among the top 40 players in the nation in eight different statistical categories.

The Hornets are back in action on Saturday for a home game against Portland State at 2 p.m.