MAC Announces Women's Basketball Players of the Week

Updated 12/17/2012


MAC East Player of the Week
Sina King, Akron, Forward
Junior, Waterford, Ohio (Waterford High School)
Sina King continued to prove her case for the most consistent player in the MAC in non-conference play this weekend in Akron's decisive win over Cincinnati, its second victory over a Big East team this year. King exploded for a new career-high 25 points, 11  more than her season average, and led both teams with 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double this year – more than any other player in the MAC. Against the Bearcats, King shot .529 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point land and added a perfect 5-for-5 performance from the charity stripe. The power forward has scored in double figures in nine out of Akron's first 10 games and as the league's leading rebounder, she is fluctuating between averaging a double-double this season.
MAC West Player of the Week
Andola Dortch, Toledo, Guard
Junior, Akron, OH (Kenmore H.S.)
Junior Andola Dortch led four Rockets in double figures with a season-high 24 points in Toledo’s 82-71 come-from-behind victory against Marquette on Saturday at the McGuire Center. Dortch was unstoppable in the second half, contributing 18 points to help the Midnight Blue & Gold overcome a 10-point halftime deficit. She shot 6-of-9 from the field against the Golden Eagles, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe to score in double digits for the fifth time this season. She added four assists, four rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes to extend UT’s win streak to a season-high seven-consecutive games. 
Other Nominees
Chrissy Steffen, Bowling Green, Guard
Senior, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Senior guard Chrissy Steffen played a major role in the Falcons’ lone game of the week, an impressive 79-69 victory over Wyoming. Steffen had a game-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field.  She was a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point land in the game, helping BGSU post season-high percentages in both field-goal percentage (50.0%) and three-point accuracy (57.1%; 8-of-14).  Steffen had 15 of her 21 points in the opening half, including all three of her three-pointers.  She went 6-of-7 from the floor in the first half, and hit back-to-back three-pointers just 29 seconds apart that gave the Falcons the lead for good. Wyoming entered the game with a record of 8-1, having lost only to Colorado.  On the season, Steffen is averaging a team-high 12.0 points per game, along with 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest.  She leads the Falcons with a field-goal percentage of 48.8%, and paces the team in both three-point FG pct. (39.1%) and three-pointers made (18).  BGSU has won four consecutive games, and the Falcons are now 7-3 on the year.
Kirsten Olowinski, Miami, Forward
Senior, Mercyhurst
Olowinski was the leader of Miami’s dominant 71-37 victory over Chicago State in its only action last week. She tied for the team lead with 12 points, finishing with 6-for-10 shooting. She also brought in nine rebounds, leaving her only seven boards short of tying the school record for career rebounds. Olowinski also had three assists and was a big contributor to the defensive effort that saw the RedHawks allow only 37 points, the fewest since 1997. She finished with two steals and one block in the game.
Erin Bailes, Ohio, Guard
Junior, Huntington, W.Va./Huntington HS
Erin had a great week for Ohio, showing up in a big way in the Bobcats’ 55-48 win at Marshall on Saturday afternoon. The junior stole the show in her Huntington homecoming, leading all scorers with 18 points on very efficient 6-of-11 shooting which included a stellar 6-of-8 mark from three-point range. Bailes’ six three-pointers marked a career high, surpassing a total of five which she had made against Northern Illinois during the 2010-11 season. A majority of Bailes’ points came during very important times in Saturday’s contest, as 15 of her 18 were scored in the final 20 minutes of the game. Erin played a very complete game on Saturday, adding six rebounds (all in the second half), two blocks (tying a career high), two steals, and one assist in addition to her 18-point scoring effort. The junior has now scored in double figures during three of her last four games this season. 
Brandy Woody, Ball State, Guard
Junior, Thorntown, Ind./Western Boone
Woody led the Cardinals against Illinois State in scoring with a career high 18 points.  Woody also pulled down six rebounds in Ball State's only contest Sunday.  Woody also had back-to-back baskets that sparked a 7-0 run for the Cardinals in the second half.
Amber Bogard, Eastern Michigan University, Forward
Sophomore, Cleveland, Ohio / Beachwood
Bogard averaged 12.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and a 63.2 field goal percentage clip as the Eagles' posted a 1-1 week that included Head Coach Tory Verdi's first road victory at EMU. In the 74-69 win at UMKC, she had 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go along with eight rebounds a block and a steal in 27 minutes of work. Bogard's 21 points were a career-high, while her eight rebounds were the most of her career.
Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois, Guard 
Sophomore, Hobart High School (Hobart, Ind.)  
Corral led NIU in scoring for the third straight game by netting a team-high 15 points against DePaul, adding team-highs of six rebounds and two assists as well.  She also had two steals in 38 minutes of action.  The scoring effort marked her  third straight with 15 or more points as she is averaging 17.7 points per game over her last three contests.  For the season, she upped her points per game average to 13.0 -- three points above her freshman average from last season.