Miami's Cusick and Ohio's Sanderson Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 11/28/2000
CLEVELAND, OH -- Ohio's Jon Sanderson (men's basketball) and Miami's Heather Cusick (women's basketball) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on November 28, 2000.

Sanderson (Jr., 3.12, communications, Lexington, Ohio) hit 70% from the field with his only misses coming from three-point range. He led team in scoring in the opening 91-70 win over Rio Grande with 18 points in 22 minutes. Sanderson was 7-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Cusick (So., 3.07, sport organization, Kokomo, Ind.) led Miami to an 88-68 win over Austin Peay and a 79-61 loss in the championship game to No. 25 Vanderbilt at the Vanderbilt First Tennessee Classic en route to all-tournament team accolades. She was the only RedHawk to garner all-tournament honors. Against Austin Peay, Cusick paced the RedHawks with 17 points, eight rebounds and a career-best 11 assists; all sums were team-highs. She went six-for-seven from the field, three-for-three from three-point range, and was two-for-two from the free throw line. Her 21-point performance, including a career-tying five three-pointers, sparked the Red and White against Vanderbilt. Cusick was 8-for-12 from the field and five-for-six in treys. She also led Miami with 16 points in a 77-71 loss to Kentucky. For the tournament, Cusick was a stellar 14-for-19 (.736) from the field and eight-for-nine (.889) from three-point range. For the year, Cusick is leading the team with 18.2 ppg and is hitting 52 percent from three-point range and 48 percent overall.

The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week 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

Buffalo: Tiffany Bell (basketball, Sr., 3.15, nursing, Alexandria, Va.) posted double-doubles in both of UB's games last week, giving her 19 career double-doubles. She had 15 points and 16 rebounds in a 72-67 win over Niagara and 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 73-59 win over Canisius. Bell began the season with a school-record 17 double-doubles. For the week, she averaged 18 points and 14 rebounds and she shot 50% from the field (14-for-28). With 36 points on the week, Bell moved into third place all-time in career scoring at UB with 1,179 career points. Bell also moved up on UB's career rebounds list. She currently stands in eighth place all-time with 613 career rebounds.

Kent State: Shiva Davis (volleyball, Sr., 3.76, pre-business, Shiloh, Ohio) was named to the MAC All-Tournament Team in Kalamazoo, Mich., Nov. 25. She also was named to All-MAC honorable mention. In Kent State's quarterfinal win over Bowling Green, Davis had a double-double with 14 kills and 16 digs while hitting .379. In the semifinals against Ball State, Davis had 16 kills and hit .273

Ohio: Lori Moorman (basketball, Sr., 3.50, business, Pickerington, Ohio) averaged 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games last week, helping the 1-1 Bobcats to avoid dropping their first two games for the third straight year. She shot 45.5 percent (10-22) from the field and 44.4 percent (4-9) from the free throw line. Moorman recorded three assists and two steals.

Western Michigan: Zakiya Pope (volleyball, Jr., 3.25, textile and apparel studies, East Lansing, Mich.) was named the MAC Tournament MVP, leading WMU to the MAC Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. She was the tournament leader in hitting percentage with .452. Pope also led the tournament with six block solos. She recorded 15 kills and hit a match-leading .565 in a three-game sweep over Central Michigan in the MAC quarterfinals (Nov. 21). Pope had 13 kills and four blocks in a three-game win over Northern Illinois in the semifinals (Nov. 24) and hit .500. The Broncos hit .446 as a team, the second highest percentage in MAC tournament history. She recorded three blocks in both matches. In the championship match against Ball State, Pope had 11 kills and eight blocks in a four-game win. WMU tied the MAC tournament record with 21 total blocks in the match. The Broncos, who have now won 19 straight matches, will take on Northern Iowa in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Dec. 1.

Male Nominees

Buffalo: Ryan Bentley (wrestling, So., 3.16, accounting, Ripley, N.Y.) pulled out a sudden death victory, winning 6-5 at 141 pounds over Eastern Michigan's Darnell Ruffin. Bentley also took a major decision over Northern Illinois' Steven Bradley, winning 12-4 in leading the Bulls to dual wins over the Eagles and Huskies. Bentley, who also captured his weight class title at the Bloomsburg Invitational the week before, is a perfect 6-0 this season.

Kent State: Trevor Huffman (basketball, Jr., 3.03, integrated language arts, Petoskey, Mich.) averaging 20.5 points and 6.5 assists in his first two games. He tied a career high with 26 points in a 76-61 loss to Arizona State Nov. 25. Huffman had 15 points in a 90-56 win over Mercyhurst Nov. 20.

Toledo: Greg Stempin (basketball, Sr., 3.05, pre-business, Macomb, Mich.) was named the MVP of the EnergiaSystems Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He averaged 19.7 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game for the tournament. Stempin led Toledo with 23 points in the championship game, a 61-57 win over Creighton. He recorded a career-high seven assists and scored 22 points in a semifinal win over Auburn.

Previous Winners - Female:

  • Week 1 (9/5): Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball)
  • Week 2 (9/11): Julie Zylka, BSU (volleyball)
  • Week 3 (9/19): Sara Schaub, EMU (volleyball)
  • Week 4 (9/26): Erika Flanders, BGSU (soccer)
  • Week 5 (10/3): Amber Vorst, BGSU (volleyball)
  • Week 6 (10/10): Jacki Waller, Ohio (cross country)
  • Week 7 (10/17): Kristin Gamby, BGSU (volleyball)
  • Week 8 (10/24): Colleen Conway, BSU (field hockey)
  • Week 9 (10/31): Beth Young, MIA (field hockey)
  • Week 10 (11/7): Emily Bresser, Ohio (swimming)
  • Week 11 (11/14): Cassie Eakins, MIA (diving)
  • Week 12 (11/21): Mari McClure, UB (basketball)
  • Week 13 (11/28): Heather Cusick, MIA (basketball)

    Previous Winners - Male:

  • Week 1 (9/5): Jim Harding, Toledo (football)
  • Week 2 (9/11): Eddie Tillitz, Miami (football)
  • Week 3 (9/19): Todd France, Toledo (football)
  • Week 4 (9/26): Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)
  • Week 5 (10/3): Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country); Zac Derr, Akron (football)
  • Week 6 (10/10): Kevin Kornowa, Toledo (golf)
  • Week 7 (10/17): Kevin Kornowa, Toledo (golf)
  • Week 8 (10/24): rjan Bjnes, Akron (soccer)
  • Week 9 (10/31): Karoly Bozan, KSU (cross country)
  • Week 10 (11/7): Brian Potter, MIA (football)
  • Week 11 (11/14): Blake McDowell, EMU (cross country)
  • Week 12 (11/21): Rich Allendorf, MIA (basketball)
  • Week 13 (11/28): Jon Sanderson, OH (basketball)