AVON, Ohio – University of Saint Francis forward Kara Gerka has been named Crossroads League Player of the Week after helping the Lady Cougars to a 91-82 upset of Division II No. 12  Indiana University-East on Saturday.

Gerka (Fishers, Ind. / Fishers H.S.) scored a career-high 40 points on 12-of-16 shooting and added six rebounds to lead No. 20 USF in its win over IU East. She connected on 5-of-5 attempts from 3-point range and made her final 11 free throws to finish 11-for-12 at the 15-foot stripe.

The USF sophomore averaged 21.7 points and 6.7 boards for the Lady Cougars in a 2-1 week. She shot .529 from the field and .636 from 3-point range for the Cougars. She’s fourth in CL overall scoring at 17.1 ppg, No. 1 in field goal percentage at .571 and No. 2 in 3-point shooting field goal percentage at .520.

Gerka became the second CL player to reach the 40-point plateau this season joining Taylor University senior Kendall Bradbury, who scored 41 against Olivet Nazarene earlier this season. Gerka is the third different USF player to score 40 or more in a game. The most recent was Brooke Ridley, who scored 43 against Olivet Nazarene University in 2015, and USF single-game record-holder Jane Post, who scored 45 in 1992 against Anderson (Ind.) College.

This is the second time in her career that Gerka has been named CL Player of the Week.

Gerka in NAIA Top 50 Stats Rankings

No. 4 in Division II in 3-Pt Fg Pct (.520)

No. 13 in Division II in Field Goal Pct (.571)

No. 16 in Division II in Total Scoring (257)

No. 33 in Division II in Points per Game (17.1)