MAC East Co-Player of the Week
Alexis Rogers, Bowling Green, Forward
R-Junior, West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West) (Duke Univ.)
Redshirt junior forward Alexis Rogers had a double-double and scored the last four points of the game as the Falcons posted a come-from-behind, 64-61 victory at Massachusetts in the team’s lone game of the week. Rogers had 18 points, a game-high 12 rebounds, an assist and two steals in the victory, and she was 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. She was a perfect 4-for-4 in the final 28.5 seconds of the game. The first two of those tosses gave the Falcons a one-point lead. After BGSU held on the next defensive possession, Rogers grabbed a rebound, was fouled and made two more FTs with just 1.3 seconds left. Rogers had 16 points and nine rebounds in the second half alone, and scored BGSU’s last seven points of the game. On the season, Rogers is averaging 10.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. She leads the Falcons in rebounds and steals and is second in scoring. After averaging 5.9 points and 5.3 rebounds over her first seven games of the year, Rogers has averaged 21.0 points and 8.7 rebounds over the last three games. BGSU has won five consecutive games, and the Falcons are now 8-3 on the year heading into a game vs. nationally-ranked Dayton on Dec. 30.
Courtney Osborn, Miami, Guard
Senior, Hamilton Southeastern
Osborn had a fantastic performance in Mexico averaging 20 points and 5.5 assists in the two games. For the fifth time in her career, she had a 30-or more point performance with 30 points against Nevada. In that game she was 11-for-15 from the field, including 5-for-7 from three point range. Osborn had three steals and five assists in the win against the Wolfpack. She was also solid against a very good Creighton team with 10 points and six assists.
MAC West Player of the Week
Naama Shafir, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Hoshaya, Israel / Ulpanit Tiberias HS
Senior Naama Shafir was named the Toledo Invite Tournament MVP on Thursday-Friday, Dec. 20-21, averaging a team-high 18.5 ppg, a squad-best 6.5 apg, 1.5 rpg and 1.0 spg in wins against Evansville and Prairie View A&M. Shafir was the only Rocket to score in double figures in both contests to earn tourney MVP accolades for the third time in as many tournaments this season. She opened the weekend with 12 points and a season-high 10 helpers, while committing no turnovers against the Purple Aces to record her fourth collegiate double-double. The following evening against the Panthers, she finished with a season-high 25 points, three assists, two boards and one steal to help UT extend its win streak to nine-consecutive games. With the PVA&M game still close in the waning moments of the first half, Shafir took control and tallied 12 of her team’s final 13 points to break it open and give the home team an insurmountable lead at the intermission. For the season, Shafir is averaging a team-high 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, a squad-best 5.6 assists and 1.9 steals in a team-high 28.0 minutes per game. She currently ranks second in the MAC in assist/turnover ratio (2.3), tied for second in assists, seventh in scoring, 10th in free throw percentage (77.5%, 31-of-40), 11th in steals, 15th in overall field goal percentage (42.5%, 51-of-120) and tied for 15th in three-point field goal percentage (36.1%, 13-of-36).
Mackenzie Loesing, Buffalo, Guard
Freshman, Norwood, OH
Mackenzie Loesing stuffed the stat sheet for the Bulls in their 65-51 victory over Niagara on Friday, leading the Bulls with 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and six steals. Loesing helped the Bulls snapped a seven-game losing streak and pick up their eighth straight victory over the Purple Eagles. Loesing used her defense to spark the offense as three of her six steals led to direct fast break layups for the Bulls. Her four-point play in the first half was a pivotal moment in giving Buffalo a 17-point first half lead. Loesing was one of four Buffalo players in double figures in the game.
Tamzin Barroilhet, Kent State, Guard
Senior, Lycée Alain Fournier
Barroilhet led the Flashes in scoring in both games this past week. Against St. Bonaventure, she scored nine points with four rebounds. Against Morehead State Friday night, the senior had a career double-double, scoring a career-high 26 points and grabbing ten rebounds. She also had three assists and four steals in the contest. For the week, Barroilhet shot 65% from the floor and went 9-for-12 from the free-throw line.
Katie Murphy, Ball State, Forward
Junior, Peoria, I'll. (Richwoods HS)
The Ball State University women's basketball team lost a hard fought battle to Wyoming Tuesday night in Worthen Arena by a score of 64-61. Murphy led the team in scoring for the fourth time this season after 16 point performance!. Murphy also had six rebounds and one rebound for the night!
Jessica Schroll, Central Michigan, Forward
Senior, Midland, Mich. (Midland/Iowa State)
Senior transfer Jessica Schroll made her Central Michigan debut in a big way, averaging 15.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game to earn All-Tournament Team honors at the Gator Holiday Classic last week. Schroll kicked off her CMU career with a 15-point performance in a 98-84 win over St. Joseph's, showing her ability to get to the basket, and the free throw line, and knocking down 9-of-12 free throws. In the Chippewas' hardly contest championship game with the Gators, Schroll turned in another team-high 15 points, knocking down 5-of-9 field goal attempts.
Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois, Guard
Sophomore, Hobart High School (Hobart, Ind.)
Corral extended her streak of double digit scoring games to five as she scored 10 points in a 48-38 win at home over Eastern Illinois and 19 at UIC. For the week, she averaged 14.5 points and six rebounds per game and has led NIU in scoring in five straight games. Against EIU, her 10 points came with a team-high eight rebounds. She tied a season-high with 19 at UIC and added four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. She went 3-for-6 on threes and 8-for-9 at the foul line. For the season, she upped her points per game average to 13.3 -- over three points above her freshman average from last season.
Aurielle Anderson, Western Michigan, Guard
Senior, Gary Westside
Western Michigan senior guard Aurielle Anderson scored 11 points and made the winning basket in WMU's 70-69 win over Valparaiso Wednesday. Anderson provided big plays all night, also hitting a contested three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give the Broncos a slight 38-36 advantage at the break. At the end of the game, Valpo scored with 8.8 seconds left to take a one-point lead. WMU inbounded to Anderson and she streamed down the right lane, finishing with 2.5 seconds left on the clock to pull out the Western Michigan victory. It was Western Michigan's second home win in a row and the Broncos improved to 4-7 on the season.