MAC East 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 for the second-straight game, leading the Falcons to a dominant win over a nationally-ranked team. Rogers had game-high totals of 20 points, 10 rebounds and six steals as BGSU defeated #14/15 Dayton, 65-40, in the Falcons’ lone game of the week. She impacted the game at both ends of the court, with five rebounds at both the offensive and defensive end as well as the six steals, which fell just one shy of her career high. Rogers helped the BGSU defense hold Dayton to just four second-half field goals, as the Flyers went 4-of-25 (16.0%) in the final 20 minutes. The Flyers, who entered the game with a 12-0 record, were averaging 82.6 points per game, but Rogers & the Falcons held UD more than 42 points under that average. Rogers went 11-for-13 from the free-throw line in the win. On the season, Rogers is averaging 11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 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 20.8 points and 9.0 rebounds over the last four games. She has also averaged 4.0 steals per game in that time. BGSU has won six consecutive games, and the Falcons are now 9-3 on the season.
Co-MAC West Player of the Week
Niki DiGuilio, Central Michigan, Guard
Junior, Mount Vernon, Ohio/Mount Vernon HS
Junior guard Niki DiGuilio earned All-Tournament team honors at the Maggie Dixon Surf N' Slam Classic in San Diego after leading the Chippewas to an upset of #20/21 Texas by scoring 21 points on 5-of-8 shooting from three off the bench. DiGuilio scored nine points in the first half to help the Chippewas claim a 30-23 halftime advantage, before pouring in 12 more in the second half to secure the win. The 20-point effort was the eighth of her career and she hit five threes in a game for the fifth time in her career.
Inma Zanoguera, Toledo, Guard/Forward
Sophomore, Llucamajor, Spain (IES CTEIB HS)
Sophomore Inma Zanoguera was selected the GSU Holiday & Hoops Tournament MVP over the weekend, helping Toledo capture an unprecedented fourth tourney crown in as many tries this season. Zanoguera averaged 8.5 points, a team-high 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 34.0 minutes in UT’s victories over Atlantic 10 member Charlotte (Dec. 29) and Colonial Athletic Association member Georgia State (Dec.30). She opened the weekend with 10 points, four boards, three helpers and one theft in 33 minutes in a 76-66 triumph over the 49ers. The following afternoon against the host Panthers, she tallied seven points, a collegiate-best 14 caroms, a team-high three dimes and two steals in 33 minutes. With the two wins this weekend, the Rockets wrap up their non-conference slate with a 12-1 mark, equaling the 1993-94 season as the best start in school history. Overall in 2012-13, she is averaging 8.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.9 spg in 28.5 mpg.
Cherridy Thornton, Buffalo, Forward
Redshirt Junior, Detroit, MI
Playing in just the second game of her Buffalo career, Detroit transfer Cherridy Thornton led the Bulls with 18 points and six rebounds against Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon. Thornton, who had to sit out the first 10 games due to NCAA Transfer rules, has now had back-to-back double figure scoring performances to begin her UB career. Thornton went 7-of-16 from the floor, including knocking down four three pointers. Through her first two games, she is averaging 14.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
Nathalie Fontaine, Ball State
Freshman, Stockholm, Sweden
Fontaine led the Cardinals with a 14 point performance Saturday at Valparaiso while adding one block and two steals. She has scored in double digits 10 times this season and has pulled down nine rebounds on four occasions. Fontaine is averaging 12.7 points per contest.
Natachia Watkins, Eastern Michigan University, Guard/Forward
Junior, South Euclid, Ohio / Brush
Junior Natachia Watkins lead the Eagles with a near double-double at the Tulane Holiday Tournament, Dec 29-30, in New Orleans. The Cleveland, Ohio native averaged 13.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 3.5 steals per contest against Tulane and Ole Miss. Versus the Green Wave, Watkins notched her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 caroms (nine offensive) to go along with four assists and four steals. She followed it up with nine points, seven rebound, six assists and three steals in the setback.
Natecia Augusta, Northern Illinois, Forward
Sophomore, Limestone High School (Peoria, Ill.)
Augusta earned a 2012 Cavalier Classic All-Tournament selection as she averaged 13 points, three rebounds and one block per game over the weekend. Against Xavier, she scored 12 of her team-high 14 points in the second half, adding two blocks and a steal, as she went 6-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line in 14 minutes of play. In a win over Norfolk State, she started for the second time all season and scored all 12 of her points in NIU's big first half, going 8-for-8 from the free throw line. She also added six rebounds, one block and one steal in 21 minutes. Her back-to-back double figure scoring efforts marked just the second time in her career that she has done so. For the weekend she was a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line and 8-for-11 from the field. She raised her season scoring average to a career high 7.9 points per game, which is four points higher than her freshman average from a year ago.