Ball State's Szczepanski and Miami's Grunkemeyer Named MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week

Updated 1/19/2000
CLEVELAND, OH -- Ball State's Laura Szczepanski (gymnastics) and Miami's Jason Grunkemeyer (men's basketball) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on January 19, 2000.

Szczepanski (Sr. 3.99, pre-med, Leo, Ind.) led Ball State to the championship at the Cardinal Classic with her first-place finish in the all-around competition (38.975). She recorded the second-highest score in school history when she scored a 9.850 on the beam for second-place. She also tied for second place on the bars and finished fourth on the vault and floor.

Grunkemeyer (Jr., 3.40, physical education, Cincinnati, Ohio) helped Miami go 2-0 last week in conference action with a triple overtime win at Ball State and a triumph at league-leader Akron. It was the Zips' first MAC loss of the season. He drained a three-pointer to tie the game against Ball State with 4.9 seconds on the clock, sending the game into overtime. He tallied 24 points in the two wins (15 vs. BSU and nine against Akron). Grunkemeyer shot 8-of-18 from three-point range and had three assists and one steal.

The honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during that week's competition. The winners are selected by one of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Female Nominees:
Akron: Erica Glover (women's basketball, Jr., 3.20, special education/sociology, Warren, Ohio) averaged 15.5 points per game, 7.0 assists per game and 1.0 steals per game as Akron split two MAC contests. She scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a loss to Western Michigan and shot 12-of-27 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free throw line.

Bowling Green: Angie Farmer (women's basketball, Jr., 3.87, education/social studies, Wayland, Mich.) scored a career-high 24 points in BG's 79-74 win at Ohio on Saturday. She picked up 21 of those points in the second half with 11 straight coming in a period of just over a minute. She picked up three treys in as many trips down the floor, in just 50 seconds. With the shot clock winding down and Bowling Green up by a point, Farmer hit a running jumper in the lane to put the Falcons up 77-74 with just 16.2 seconds on the clock. She was 9-of-13 from the floor, including 6-of-10 from long range. She hit 8-of-10 shots (5-of-7 for three pointers) in the second half.

Central Michigan: Alicia Rozak (women's basketball, So., 3.16, math education, Sterling Heights, Mich.) averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in CMU's two games last week. She was 17-of-20 from the free-throw line.

Miami: Jenny Martin (women's basketball, Jr., 3.29, exercise science, Greenwood, Ind.) helped Miami to league wins over Northern Illinois and Marshall. Against NIU, Martin started the game off making her first nine shots en route to 9-of-10 shooting and 23 points for the game. She was also 5-of-6 from the free-throw line while contributing two steals and two rebounds. Martin was one of just two RedHawks to score in double digits against Marshall with 10 points. She also recorded four rebounds and a steal in the game. She is currently Miami's leading scorer.

Ohio: Lisa Hindenlang (women's basketball, Jr., 3.85, dietetics, Pickerington, Ohio) scored 12 points and had five rebounds, one assist and one steal against Kent. In a game against Bowling Green, Hindenlang scored 10 points and had nine rebounds. She ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.0) and is fifth in scoring (7.9).

Toledo: Karin Husbeck (women's basketball, Sr., 3.99, pre-med, Haslett, Mich.) scored in double figures in both of last week's games to help the Rockets extend their win streak to a season-high three games. She had 10 points and season highs with three assists and two steals in 36 minutes against Bowling Green. In a win over Central Michigan, Husbeck scored 14 points and made all six of her free throws. She leads the team with a .794 free-throw percentage.

Other Male Nominees:

Central Michigan: Tim Kisner (men's basketball, Jr., 3.00, sports studies, Hopkins, Mich.) averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in CMU's two games last week. He was 12-of-12 from the free-throw line against Western Michigan on Saturday.

Ohio: Shane Hartzler (wrestling, Jr., 3.05, health education, Orville, Ohio) recorded two wins on Sunday. In the 141-pound weight class, defeated No. 13 Cory Ace (Edinboro ) in a 4-1 decision. In a match against Buffalo, Hartzler defeated Bill Jacoutot. Hartzler is 14-1 on the season.

Toledo: William Adjei (men's track and field, Sr., 3.56, international business, Legon, Ghana) won the individual title in the triple jump (46'11") at the EMU Open. He currently leads the league in the triple jump with his leap of 47'5" a week ago.

Western Michigan: Dale Cowper (men's indoor track and field, So., 3.60, elementary education, Marlette, Mich.) took home top honors in the shot put (54'5.25") and wieght throw (59'11.75") at the Michigan State Invitational. Both were personal-best marks for Cowper.


Previous Winners Female
Week 1 (Sept. 7) Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball)
Week 2 (Sept. 13) Jennifer Mitchell, CMU (volleyball)
 		  Kerri Schoultz, BSU (field hockey)
Week 3 (Sept. 20) Kim Branam, Akron (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 27) Jocelyn Teall, BSU (field hockey)
Week 5 (Oct. 5) Alissia Thompson, MIA (volleyball)
Week 6 (Oct. 11) Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey)
Week 7 (Oct. 19) Heather Fueger, Ohio (women's golf)
Week 8 (Oct. 25) Courtney Seyferth, Miami (field hockey)
Week 9 (Nov. 2) Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey)
Week 10 (Nov. 9) Carrie Patterson, Kent (volleyball)
Week 11 (Nov. 15) Katie Mullen, Ohio (volleyball)
Week 12 (Nov. 23) Tennille Hileski, CMU (volleyball)
Week 13 (Nov. 29) Emily Sallee, BSU (volleyball)
Week 14 (Dec. 6) Emily Bresser, Ohio (swimming)
Week 15 (Dec. 13) Erinn Hitch, BSU (swimming)
Week 16 (Jan. 10) Tara Perrier, Buffalo (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 19) Laura Szczepanski (gymnastics)

Previous Winners Male
Week 1 (Sept. 7) Chad Pennington, Marshall (football)
Week 2 (Sept. 13) Blake McDowell, EMU (cross country)
Week 3 (Sept. 20) Jason Strasser, BGSU (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 27) Tim Lester, WMU (football)
Week 5 (Oct. 5) Tim Rice, Toledo (men's golf)
Week 6 (Oct. 11) Ty Fowler, BGSU (men's soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 19) Scott Niles, WMU (football)
Week 8 (Oct. 25) Zac Derr, Akron (football)
Week 9 (Nov. 2) Jon Eaton, Akron (football)
Week 10 (Nov. 9) Brian Billips, Ohio (diving)
Week 11 (Nov. 15) Karoly Bozan, Kent (cross country)
Week 12 (Nov. 23) Andy Brumbergs, Miami (football)
Week 13 (Nov. 29) Mike Ensminger, Miami (basketball)
Week 14 (Dec. 6) Demetric Shaw, Kent (basketball)
Week 15 (Dec. 13) Dan Hickey, Buffalo (swimming)
Week 16 (Jan. 10) Brian Baughman, Kent (wrestling)
Week 17 (Jan. 19) Jason Grunkemeyer, Miami (basketball)