MAC Announces Female Scholar Athlete of the Week

Updated 12/11/2012

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Female Scholar Athlete of the Week: November 26 – December 2, 2012

Amanda Corral Northern Illinois, Women's Basketball
Amanda Corral (Guard, Sophomore, 4.0, Health Sciences), returned from an ankle injury that sidelined her for most of the last two games in a huge way. She scored 19 points, pulled down four rebounds and had an assist and block to guide NIU to its first home win of the season -- a 67-63 decision over Loyola. She went 6-for-13 from the field, 2-for-5 on three pointers and 5-for-6 from the foul line, including going 4-for-4 in the last 60 seconds of the game to seal the win. Her 19-point performance was a season high total and two shy of a career high.
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 the week’s competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference’s faculty athletic representatives.
Previous Female Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 5) Stefanie Turner, CMU (Soccer)
Week 2 (Sept. 13) Meg Riley, Miami (Volleyball)
Week 3 (Sept. 20) Stephanie Haugh, KSU (Soccer)
Week 4 (Sept.26) Lindsey Butterfield, BGSU (Volleyball)
Week 5 (Oct. 4) Mackenzie Roddy, NIU (Volleyball)
Week 6 (Oct. 10) Tina Dimitrijevs, Akron (Volleyball)
Week 7 (Oct. 19) Meg Riley, Miami (Volleyball)
Week 8 (Oct. 26) Meghan Perry, BSU (Golf)
Week 9 (Nov. 2) Juli Accurso, Ohio(Cross Country)
Week 10 (Nov. 12) Lindsey Dulude, CMU (Volleyball)
Week 11 (Nov. 15) Kelsey Dinges, Miami (Soccer)
Week 12 (Nov. 26) Paige Penrod, BGSU (Volleyball)
Week 13 (Dec. 4) Naama Shafir, Toledo (Basketball)
Other nominees for the week of 11/26-12/2:
Institution: Ball State
Name: Bridgette Ruehl
Sport: Women’s Swimming
Year: Junior
GPA: 3.17
Major: Art
Week’s Achievements: Ruehl was the only Cardinal to claim an individual victory at the House of Champions – sweeping the breaststroke. She turned in a season-best time of 2:20.36 in the 200 breast and touched at 1:04.91 in the 100 breast. She swam the breaststroke leg of the 400 medley relay that turned in a season-best 3:52.45 for second place.
Institution: Buffalo
Name: Brittney Kuras
Sport: Women’s Swimming
Position: Freestyle/Individual Medley
Year: Senior
GPA: 3.750
Major: Psychology
Week’s Achievements: At the Zippy Invitational, senior Brittney Kuras won three individual races to lead the UB women. She broke the meet record by two-tenths of a second to win the women’s 200-yard IM in 2:01.19, establishing an NCAA B cut. Kuras also won the women’s 100-yard freestyle in a season-best 50.32 and had a season-best performance in the women’s 200-yard freestyle as she shaved a second from her previous top time to win the race in 1:48.34, two seconds ahead of Toledo’s Carly Harter. Kuras was instrumental in all three of their relay wins. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Kuras, Alex Swies, Karly Moore and Mallory Morrell shaved three seconds off their previous top time to win in 1:33.98. On Saturday, Kuras anchored the UB women to a victory in the 800-yard medley relay teaming with Jessica Powers, Emma Miller and Becky Evangelista to take the timed final in 7:30.01. UB finished the meet with a win in the 400-yard freestyle as Kuras anchored the foursome which also included Morrell, Marissa Murphy and Evangelista to a 3:25.04 clocking, nearly eight seconds ahead of the relay squad’s previous best from last month.
Institution: BGSU
Name: Alexa Harris
Sport: Swimming
Position: Backstroke/IM
Year: Senior
GPA: 3.411
Major: Early Childhood Education
Week’s Achievements: Harris led the Falcons to a strong showing in their first-ever appearance at the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships in Austin, Texas. Individually, Harris qualified to the C final in the 200 backstroke, where she finished 24th against the best swimmers in the nation. Harris also set a new career-best time in the 100 backstroke during prelims, touching in a time of 56.04 - the third fastest time in BGSU history. In the 200 IM, she swam a season-best 2:04.90, her first time under 2:05 in two years. Harris also swam the first leg of the Falcons' 200 medley relay, which qualified to the B final and finished in ninth place overall.
Institution: Eastern Michigan University
Name: Briana Emig
Sport: Swimming & Diving
Year: Senior
GPA: 3.93
Major: Psychology and Communication
Week’s Achievements: Senior, Briana Emig, led the Eagles to a first place finish in the 2012 EMU Invitational Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Emig won a pair of races for Eastern over the weekend, while helping a pair of relay teams to second place finishes. Emig won the 1,650 freestyle Friday afternoon with a time of 16:09.94, nearly 40 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Saturday, Emig raced to a first place finish in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:19.80. Emig helped to second place finishes in both the 800 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Institution: Kent State
Name: Trisha Krewson
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard
Year: Senior
GPA: 3.98
Major: English
Week’s Achievements: Senior guard Trisha Krewson (Sandusky, Ohio) averaged 10.5 points and 3.5 rebounds during Kent State’s two games last week. Krewson notched double-figures in the scoring column with 13 points, along with three rebounds, three steals, and a pair of three-pointers in the Golden Flashes’ loss at Niagara on Saturday (Dec. 1). She tallied eight points and four rebounds in Kent State’s loss to Saint Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday (Nov. 28). Krewson was a perfect five-for-five from the charity stripe for the week. On the season, Krewson is averaging 6.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest.
Institution: Miami
Name: Samantha Gable
Sport: Track and Field
Position: Throws
Year: Redshirt senior
GPA: 3.66
Major: Early childhood education (family relationships minor)
Week’s Achievements: After redshirting last year to complete an internship for school, Gable competed in her first meet since the 2010-11 season on Saturday at the IPFW Mastodon Opener and showed no signs of rust. She won the weight throw at the season-opening meet with a personal-best heave of 17.07m/56-0, which ranks her third in school history. She improved on her previous-best throw by over a foot while competing in a field of 15 at the meet. She beat out the runner-up, also from Miami, by nearly two feet. Gable also took third out of 18 competitors in the shot put with a toss of 13.60m/44-7.5.
Institution: Ohio
Name: Lauren Funk
Sport: Swimming and Diving
Position: Sprints and Relays
Year: Senior
GPA: 3.184
Major: Interior Architecture
Week’s Achievements: Lauren had a great weekend for Ohio Swimming and Diving at the 2012 Zippy Invitational in Akron, helping pace the Bobcats to a second-place finish out of 10 teams. Of the 1,211 points scored by Ohio, Funk had a hand in 290 of them. The senior earned one first-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay, three second-place finishes (200 Free Relay, 100 Free, 400 Free Relay), one third-place result (50 Free), one fourth-place finish (400 Medley Relay), and one 18th-place finish (100 Breaststroke).
Institution: Toledo
Name: Naama Shafir
Sport: Women’s Basketball
Year: Senior
GPA: 3.581
Major: Business
Week’s Achievements: Senior Naama Shafir was selected the Glass City Tournament MVP, averaging a team-high 11.0 ppg and 4.5 apg. Shafir was the only Rocket to score in double figures in both contests this past weekend and was named the tourney MVP for a second-straight week. The Hoshaya, Israel native opened the two-game tourney with 12 points, three boards and one dime vs. SIU Edwardsville on Saturday. The following afternoon vs. St. Bonaventure in the championship contest, the three-time All-MAC selection contributed 10 points, a game-high six dimes and three boards. The two-time team-captain has now scored at least 10 points in six of the first seven contests. With her three helpers against SIUE, Shafir became only the fourth player in school history to tally at least 600 career assists.