MAC East Player of the Week
Kirsten Olowinski, Miami, Forward
Olowinski continued her strong play from the previous week, averaging a double-double with 16.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in two games. In leading Miami to a 72-54 win over Wright State on Tuesday, she scored 12 points and brought in a season-high 17 rebounds. During that game she became the 21st player in school history to record 1,000 career points. It was her 33rd career double-double. She followed up with 21 points and eight rebounds on Saturday at Cleveland State. Olowinski also had three blocks in that game and passed the 900 career rebound mark. For the week, Olowinski shot 50 percent (13-for-26) and was 87.5 percent (7-for-8) from the line. She also had three steals on the week.
MAC West Player of the Week
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS
Central Michigan sophomore Crystal Bradford led the Chippewas to a come-from-behind 54-50 victory over Green Bay in the Chippewas' only game of the week, avenging a 27 point loss to the Phoenix on Nov. 17. Bradford scored 17 of her season-high 23 points in the second half, knocking down a career-high five threes in the process. The sophomore knocked down her first four three point attempts of the second half and scored 14 points in a 21-5 run that allowed the Chippewas turn an eight-point halftime deficit into an eight point lead. She added a season-high 13 rebounds and four blocks in the process, finishing with her third double-double of the season and 14th of her career.
Hanna Luburgh, Akron, Guard
Junior, Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley High School
Hanna Luburgh, the league's third leading scorer, had the hot hand from long range last week, shooting 66.7 percent from behind the arc against Wright State connecting on 6-of-9 attempts, including her first five straight. She finished the day with a game-high 26 points, her third 20-point game of the season and the seventh time she has scored in double figures. Luburgh was also one rebound shy of her first double-double of the year with nine, leading the Zips with eight boards on the offensive glass.
Alexis Rogers, Bowling Green, Forward
R-Junior,West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West) (Duke Univ.)
Redshirt junior forward Alexis Rogers averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game as the Falcons went 2-0 last week. Rogers led the team in scoring and steals, and tied for the team lead in three-point field goals made. She shot 60 percent from long distance, going 3-of-5 on the week. Rogers had 25 points as the Falcons dismantled Northwestern, 60-37, on Sunday. Rogers outscored the entire Wildcat team in the first half, with 16 points as the Brown and Orange took a 28-15 lead at the break. In fact, when she hit a three-pointer to give her 16 points (and to give her team a 23-8 lead) with just over four minutes left in the opening half, she was outscoring all of the other players on both teams combined, as everyone else in the game had combined for 15 points. Rogers had five of her career-high seven steals in the first half of that game, helping the Falcons limit NU to just a 22.2% field-goal rate in the first half. She helped the BGSU defense allow an average of just 42.0 points per game in BG’s two victories last week. On the season, Rogers is averaging 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, ranking third on the team in both. She has a team-leading 1.6 steals per contest. BGSU has won three consecutive games, and the Falcons are now 6-3 on the year.
Margeaux Gupilan, Buffalo, Guard
Junior, San Valley, CA
Margeaux Gupilan had a career-high 20 points in Buffalo's loss to Binghamton on Saturday as she went 6-for-8 from the field, including 4-foro-5 from behind the arc. Gupilan was just good on the defensive end, recording a career-high seven steals, the fifth most in a single game in Division I school history and the most by a UB player since 2008. In UB's contest against St. Bonaventure earlier this week, Gupilan had seven points, four assists and three steals.
Kiyanna Black, Ohio, Guard
Freshman, Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Africentric High School
Kiyanna Black had a tremendous week for the Bobcats, scoring 32 total points in wins over Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. Just a freshman, Black’s level of play has improved dramatically over the past four games, as she has scored in double figures for four straight contests. In Ohio’s win over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday, Kiyanna scored 13 points, collected a career-high six rebounds, and swiped four steals. She followed this up with a team-high 19-point performance in Sunday’s win over Morehead State, shooting 6-of-16 from the field and connecting on a career-high three field goals from beyond the three-point arc. Black stepped up her game in a big way in the overtime period against Morehead State on Sunday, scoring seven points in the game’s final five minutes to lead the Bobcats to victory. One of her biggest plays of the week came on defense, however. With 2:31 left in Sunday’s game and Ohio holding a four-point lead, Black held her ground and took a charge from visiting guard Terrice Robinson. The foul was Robinson’s fifth of the afternoon, sending the game’s leading scorer (39 points) to the bench for the rest of the contest.
Shannee' Jackson, Ball State, Guard
Senior, Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby
Jackson averaged 18.0 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists in the Cardinals two games this week. Jackson helped the Cardinals to a 73-64 overtime victory at home against Detroit Mercy Thursday which included four clutch free throws in overtime to seal the win for Ball State. Ball State is the lone MAC school to have beaten Detroit Mercy this season. The Cardinals including Jackson; held Shareta Brown, the nations second leading scorer, to only four points total in the second half and in overtime. Against the Titans, Jackson led the Cardinals in scoring with a personal best 18 points and then matched that performance against Northern Kentucky Saturday.
Miranda Tate, Eastern Michigan University, Guard
Senior, Bolingbrook, Ill.
Maybe the sightseeing stop Mount Rushmore inspired her because senior Miranda Tate had her best game following the team’s stop at the landmark prior to playing South Dakota State, Dec. 4. Tate notched a career-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting against the Jackrabbits. She tacked on a pair of steals and a rebound in 32 minutes of work during the heartbreaking one-point setback.
Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois, Guard
Sophomore, Hobart High School (Hobart, Ind.)
Corral led NIU in scoring for the second straight game by matching her previous game's total of 19 points. She scored 15 of her 19 in the second half at Indiana State, going 6-for-11 from the field, 3-for-6 from three-point territory, and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. She also chipped in three rebounds, three assists and a steal without a single turnover in 23 minutes. Her 19-point performance matched her season high and was two shy of tying her career high.
Naama Shafir, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Hoshaya, Israel (Ulpanit Tiberias HS)
Senior Naama Shafir paced four Rockets in double figures in a resounding victory vs. Milwaukee on Saturday with a season-high 19 points, six assists, six rebounds and four steals. Shafir shot 7-of-12 from the field, including 1-of-4 from three-point land, and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in 28 minutes against the Panthers to score in double figures for a team-best seventh time this season. With the 24-point triumph, UT runs its win streak to six-consecutive games and is off to its best start since the 1996-97 season when the Midnight Blue & Gold began the year a perfect 8-0.
Marquisha Harris, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Moline, Ill./Moline
Western Michigan sophomore forward Marquisha Harris had back-to-back career games this past week, and helped WMU to its largest victory since the 1977-78 season. Harris averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the week. Wednesday at IUPUI, Harris totaled a then career-high 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. In a 42-point, 80-38, win over Chicago State Saturday, Harris topped Wednesday's game with 18 points and five rebounds. She was nearly perfect from the floor, hitting 9 of 10 field goal attempts. Harris' previous career high for points entering the week was seven. WMU's 42-point win was the largest since defeating Western Ontario by 47, 96-49, in 1977-78, and snapped a four game losing streak for the 3-6 Broncos.