MAC Announces MAC Women's Basketball Players of the Week

Updated 11/19/2012


MAC East Player of the Week
Rachel Tecca, Akron, Redshirt Junior
Forward,  Archbishop Hoban High School
Rachel Tecca posted two double-doubles last week in wins over Tennessee Tech and Bryant. On the road at Tennessee Tech, she scored the 1,000th point of her career with a free throw at the 13:27 mark of the first half. In all three of Akron's games last week, Tecca shot a combined 24-of-38 (.632) from the field. She also led the team with five blocks and added six steals. Nearly half of Tecca's 28 rebounds (13) were on the offensive glass.
MAC West Player of the Week
Yolanda Richardson, Toledo, Senior
Center, Toledo, OH/Start High School
Senior Yolanda Richardson totaled 19 points, 11 caroms and two rejections in 27 minutes at Dayton last Wednesday, Nov. 14 to record her ninth career double-double. Richardson is averaging a team-high 13.5 points, a squad-best 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and a team-leading 1.0 blocks in 23.0 minutes through the first two games in 2012-13. She is currently shooting a sensational 75.0 percent (12-of- 16) from the field. A season ago, Richardson tallied 10.3 points, a team-high 6.7 boards, a league-best 2.1 blocks, 1.5 helpers and 0.5 steals in 24.2 minutes per game, en route to earning second-team All-MAC accolades. She led the MAC in overall field-goal percentage (62.4%, 161-of-258) and blocks (36th in the NCAA), as well as ranking ninth in offensive caroms (2.5 rpg), 11th in overall rebounding, 13th in defensive boards (4.2 rpg) and 21st in scoring. She scored at least 10 points on 19 occasions and grabbed at least seven rebounds 17 times during the season.
Other Nominess:
Chrissy Steffen, Bowling Green, Senior
Guard, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Scored a career-high 28 points in the Falcons’ lone game of the week, a 79-74 win at Niagara.  Made 10 of her 15 shots on the night, tying her career best for field goals made. Also had three rebounds, an assist and a game-high three steals in the win.  Hit three three-point field goals to lead the Falcons and tie for game honors.  Scored 17 of her points in the first half, including 11 in the first five-plus minutes as the Falcons were in the process of opening up a 24-8 lead.  Then, helped stop a late Niagara rally by hitting her free throws. Went 5-of-7 from the line as the Falcons were 29-of-37 as a team. Leads the Falcons in scoring, with 19.5 ppg through two games this season, and now has a career total of 892 points.
Christa Baccas, Buffalo, Sophomore
Forward, Hillburn, NI
Sophomore Christa Baccas filled out the stat sheet this past week as she averaged 8.7 points and 13.7 rebounds during Buffalo's three games this past week.  Furthermore, Baccas had 13 blocks and seven steals during the week.  Each game, Baccas continued to out due herself, beginning with nine points, 12 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and three steals against Youngstown St.  She then had six points with career highs of 15 rebounds and six blocked shots in Buffalo's win over Oakland.  Baccas capped off the week with her first double-double of the season, recording 11 points and 14 rebounds against Wright State.  Baccas currently leads the team with 12.0 rebounds per game.
Courtney Osborn, Miami, Senior
Point Guard, Hamilton Southeastern
Courtney continued her strong performance to begin the 2012-13 with another pair of 20+ point performances last week. She began with 20 points against Northern Kentucky on Monday. She followed that up with 23 points in a win over Robert Morris on Thursday. Those two games gave Osborn 38 20+ point performances over her career, tying her for the school record. She was very consistent with her shot, hitting 13-for-25 (52 percent) overall and 14-for-16 (87.5 percent) on free throws. Osborn also continued to be a distributor with 12 assists, including nine against Northern Kentucky. She had six steals against Robert Morris and eight for the week. Osborn has already been honored for these two games, having been named College Sports Madness “Madness Mid-American Player of the Week.”
Miranda Tate, Eastern Michigan University, Redshirt senior
Guard/Forward, Providence
Redshirt senior Miranda Tate averaged 14.5 points to lead the Eagles in two games this week. The EMU guard shot 7-of-17, including 4-10 beyond the arc, totaling 18 points in a loss to Michigan State Thursday, Nov. 15. Tate turned in another double-digit scoring performance Sunday, Nov. 18 against Detroit with 11 points. For the week, Tate shot 36.7 percent (11-30) from the floor with six of her 11 buckets coming from three point land.
Natecia Augusta, Northern Illinois, Sophomore
Forward/CenterLimestone High School (Peoria, Ill.) 
Augusta put together an impressive weekend for the Huskies in wins over Davidson and Morehead State in the Preseason WNIT as she averaged 11 points, six rebounds and one assist per game while blocking a shot and picking up a steal with only two turnovers.  She also shot 80 percent (8-for-10) from the field and converted all six free throw attempts, averaging 19 minutes per game.  In a 64-61 win over Davidson, Augusta posted a career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and was 4-for-4 at the charity stripe.  She also pulled down three rebounds and handed out two assists with no turnovers in 21 minutes.  In a 76-46 win at Morehead State, she scored six points on 2-for-2 shooting from the field and free throw line.  She also tallied a block and steal while securing a career-best nine rebounds in 17 minutes.
Aurielle Anderson, Western Michigan, Senior
Guard, Gary Westside
Western Michigan senior guard Aurielle Anderson averaged 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2 steals over two games this past week. Anderson scored a game-high 26 points at Milwaukee, three shy of her career high. She helped WMU go on a second half run to keep the game close, scoring 18 of her 26 points in the second half. She also had six rebounds and four assists in the game. Sunday against Albany, Anderson chipped in six points, two rebounds and three assists.