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Florida State Women’s Basketball’s center guided the Seminoles to two big wins over No. 25 Syracuse and conference rival Miami
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball junior center Adut Bulgak has been recognized as the ESPNW National Player of the Week following her strong performances in wins over No. 25 Syracuse and Miami this past week.
She was also named ACC Co-Player of the Week along with Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby. It marks the first time Bulgak has been honored by the conference.
Bulgak was mostly impressive on the glass in FSU’s 62-52 win over Syracuse and 80-60 victory over Miami. The Edmonton, Canada, resident averaged 16.5 rebounds in both games combined, pulling down 16 rebounds against the Orange and 17 boards against the Hurricanes.
Bulgak totaled double-doubles in each contest, finishing with 10 points to go with her 16 rebounds against Syracuse and posting a game-high 19 points along with her 17 boards against Miami. She also averaged three blocks per game in the two contests, which included four versus the Hurricanes.
Her inside play and relentlessness on the glass gave the Seminoles a big edge in several key categories this past week: FSU outscored its two opponents in points in the paint (74-44) and second-chance points (34-19) and out-rebounded its two ACC foes 104-67. Of Bulgak’s 33 total rebounds, 15 were on the offensive glass.
Bulgak has been one of the driving forces behind No. 9/8 Florida State’s best start in program history at 22-2 overall. She leads the Seminoles in scoring average (13.7 points), rebounds per game (10.6), blocked shots (48) and field goals made (114). She is attempting to become just the fifth Seminole to average a double-double in a season and the first since former center Levys Torres did so in the 2000-01 year.
The former JUCO National Player of the Year leads the ACC far and away in rebounding in conference play, averaging nearly 12 boards (11.9) against ACC competition. Her 12 double-doubles this year are tied for the second-most in school history and only trail Natasha Howard’s 15 she set last year.
Against FSU’s four Top 25 opponents this season (Notre Dame, Duke, Louisville, Syracuse), Bulgak is averaging 12.3 rebounds per game and had a signature 18-point, 18-rebound performance in a 74-58 win over Duke. Bulgak is one of the main reasons Florida State has out-rebounded each of its 24 opponents faced this season.