Buffalo, Ball State and Northern Illinois Players Garner Basketball Honor

Updated 11/21/2000
Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball East Division Player of the Week

Mari McClure, Buffalo (Sr., G)
Rochester Hills, Mich. (Rochester Adams HS)

Buffalo senior guard Mari McClure is the first recipient of the MAC East Division Player of the Week for the 2000-01 season. In McClures only game last week, the senior scored a career-high 35 points, including four three-pointers, in the Bulls win over No. 22 North Carolina, 95-89. McClure connected on 10-of-22 shots, dished out three assists and recorded two steals in 38 minutes of play. McClure was also 11-of-13 from the free throw line, including 10-for-10 in the final 3:10 of the game. Those 10 points represented 10 of the teams final 15 points of the game, which was the schools first-ever win over a nationally-ranked opponent and it came in front of a school-record crowd of 4,017.

Other nominees:
Cheryl Bowles, Akron -- Averaged 17 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest as the Zips went 1-1. Had 23 points and 11 boards in loss to Loyola (Md).

Afra Smith, Bowling Green -- Tied for team honors with a career-high 20 points in win over Youngstown State. Also grabbed six rebounds.

Liz Beggs, Kent State -- Scored 24 points, including a school and MAC record (and tied NCAA record) 20-for-20 from the free throw line. Also grabbed 15 rebounds in win over St. Bonaventure.

Kim Lancaster, Miami -- Averaged 19 points, 7.5 rebounds and shot 56 percent from the floor in collegiate debut as the RedHawks went 1-1 at the Boston University Invitational. Had 30 points in win over the host school.

Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball West Division Co-Player of the Week
Tamara Bowie, Ball State (So., F)
Lansing, Mich. (Sexton HS)

Ball State's Tamara Bowie is this week's MAC West Division Co-Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Northern Illinois' Lindsay Secrest. Bowie scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and grabbed 17 rebounds in 31 minutes of action in the Cardinals 87-69 win over Bradley. The sophomore forward helped spark two Ball State runs during the game (21-8 in the first half and 20-6 in the second half) and opened the second stanza with eight straight points. In addition, Bowies 17 boards are tied for the eighth most in a game in school history.

Lindsay Secrest, Northern Illinois (Fr., G)
Bloomfield, Ind. (Bloomfield HS)

Northern Illinois freshman Lindsay Secrest is the Co-Player of the Week for the West Division after scoring a game-high 26 points in 27 minutes in her collegiate debut against Illinois State, an 83-60 win for the Huskies over the Redbirds. Secrest hit on 73 percent of her shots from the floor and also canned four treys and was a perfect six-for-six from the charity stripe. The 26 points by the guard were the most by a Huskie freshman since 1987, when Lisa Foss had 26 versus Miami (Fla.).

Other nominees:
Vershaun Jones, Central Michigan -- Averaged 8.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 27 minutes of action in two games for the Chippewas. Was named to the All-Tournament team at Minnesotas Sheraton Four Points Classic.

Dru Bishop, Eastern Michigan -- Averaged 11.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game as the Eagles have started the year 2-1. Shot 50 percent from the field and 67 percent from beyond the arc.

Kahli Carter, Toledo -- Scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 77-58 win at Dayton. Carter hit on 61 percent of her shots from the field (11-18) and logged a career-high 31 minutes.