MAC East Player of the Week
Kirsten Olowinski, Miami, Forward
Senior, Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst
Kirsten Olowinski starred as Miami earned to MAC wins on the road last week. She averaged a double-double with 10.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. In the RedHawks’ big win over Bowling Green on Thursday, she brought in 15 rebounds, including several key offensive boards late to help secure the victory. During the game she grabbed her 1,000th career rebound, the first Miami player and only the sixth player in MAC history to reach that mark. She also contributed six points, which proved to be the difference in the 57-54 win. Olowinski was Miami’s leading scorer in its victory over Kent State on Sunday. She finished with 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting. She also led the ‘Hawks with eight rebounds, and had an assist and a block. Olowinski finished the week 10-for-16 (62.5 percent) from the field.
MAC West Player of the Week
Brandy Woody, Ball State, Guard
Junior, Thorntown, Ind./Western Boone
Woody helped the Cardinals go 2-0 this week after averaging 26.0 points per game, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.5 steals. Woody scored a career-high 29 points Wednesday to lift the Cardinals to a 69-55 victory over Buffalo at Alumni Arena. Woody also had a career-best 11 rebounds and seven steals that game. Ball State then improved its MAC record to 5-1 which is the best league start for the Cardinals since 2008-09 when Woody led the Cardinals with 23 point performance against Ohio off of 6-of-6 shooting from field and 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. Woody scored 17 of those points in the first half alone over the Bobcats, the Cardinals would win the game 77-46.
Rachel Tecca, Akron, Forward
R-Junior, Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban HS
Rachel Tecca led Akron against the West's top two team last week with her ninth and 10th 20-point performances of the year. Against Toledo, she led all scorers with 21 points, shooting 50 percent from the field and connecting on 7-of-8 from the free throw line. The forward also picked off three steals and dished out three assists. Against Central Michigan, Tecca shot 8-of-12 from the field (66.7 percent) for a team-high 24 points in just 21 minutes of action, grabbing eight rebounds. Tecca has now scored in double figures in all 19 of Akron's games this season.
Alexis Rogers, Bowling Green, Forward
R-Junior, West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)(Duke Univ.)
Redshirt junior forward Alexis Rogers averaged a team-leading 15.0 points along with 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game last week. Rogers shot 56.3% from the field, with her 9-of-16 effort including a 9-of-12 (75%) success rate from two-point range, and she hit 80% of her free-throw tries, going 12-of-15 from the line. Rogers had 19 points, nine rebounds and two steals in the Falcons’ narrow loss to Miami on Thursday, then had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals in just 20 minutes of play in BG’s win at Eastern Michigan. On the season, Rogers leads the Falcons in scoring (10.9 ppg), rebounding (6.4 rpg) and steals (2.2 spg). In MAC games, Rogers has 10.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg, leading the Falcons in scoring and tying for the team lead in boards. She also paces the Falcons in steals, and is shooting 51% from the field in league games. BGSU is 13-6 overall and 4-2 in the MAC.
Mackenzie Loesing, Buffalo, Guard
Freshman, Norwood, OH
Freshman Mackenzie Loesing led the Bulls to split in their two games this past week, leading Buffalo in scoring in both games. Loesing had 18 points in the loss to Ball State and followed that up with 15 points in the victory over Western Michigan. Loesing added 3.0 steals over the week, including a game-high five steals in the win over the Broncos. Loesing is currently second amongst freshmen in scoring in conference games through the first six contests. She has helped lead the Bulls to four conference wins, tying their conference win total from all of last season.
Kiyanna Black, Ohio, Guard
Freshman, Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Africentric
Kiyanna scored in double figures during both of Ohio’s games during the past week, marking the 11th and 12th times this season she has scored at least ten points. Her best game of the week was a 14-point performance at Ball State on Sunday, a game in which she shot 6-15 from the field, collected three rebounds, and also grabbed two steals.
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich./Inkster
Central Michigan sophomore Crystal Bradford shined in helping the Chippewas remain unbeaten in conference play by averaging 20.5 points, 11 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals, while shooting 51.5 percent from the floor in wins over Ohio and Akron. Bradford scored a career-high 31 points on 13-of-22 shooting and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds versus the Zips, but it was her play defensively (4 blocks and 3 steals) that helped limit Akron to just 34.3 percent shooting in the game. Her 31 points tied a McGuirk Arena scoring record and set a new mark for most points scored by a player in the MAC this season. Earlier in the week, the sophomore scored 10 second-half points and pulled down 14 rebounds for her fourth consecutive double-double to that point, while dishing out five assists in a 77-48 road win at Ohio. Bradford leads all players in MAC play in scoring (20.2) and rebounding (11.8), while ranking second in assists (5.3) and blocks (1.8) and third in assist/turnover ratio (1.8).
Bianca Cage, Eastern Michigan, Guard
Freshman, Memphis, Tenn. / Southwind
Freshman Bianca Cage lead the Eagles in scoring this week an average of 17.0 points in games against Kent State and Bowling Green. Cage turned in 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting against the Golden Flashes. She followed it up with 15 points, including a career-best 5-of-6 from the free throw line. She also tallies four steals on the week in 28.5 minutes of work.
Satavia Taylor, Northern Illinois, Guard
Senior, Bolingbrook, Ill./Loyola Chicago
Taylor led NIU in scoring during both games in the week, averaging 16 points per game to with 5.0 rebounds per game. She also went 13-for-31 (41.9%) from the field and 3-for-7 (42.9%) from long range. Against Western Michigan she dropped 18 points and six rebounds. Versus Toledo she scored 14 points and had four rebounds. She is averaging a career-high 11.8 points per game and is averaging 18.0 points per game over her last three.
Andola Dortch, Toledo, Guard
Junior, Akron, OH (Kenmore HS)
Junior guard Andola Dortch averaged a team-high 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, a squad-best 3.5 assists and a team-best 2.5 steals in victories on the road against Akron (Jan. 23) and Northern Illinois (Jan. 26). Dortch shot 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from the field and a squad-best 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the charity stripe in a team-high 36.0 minutes per contest. She was the only Rocket to score in double figures in both games, helping the Midnight Blue & Gold remain in the hunt for a fourth-consecutive MAC West Division title. The 2011-12 MAC Defensive Player of the Year began the week with 14 points, a game-high six helpers, a squad-best four thefts and four caroms in a season-tying best 37 minutes against the Zips. Three days later against the Huskies, Dortch finished with a game-high 15 points and five boards in 35 minutes.
Marquisha Harris, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Moline, Ill./Moline
Western Michigan sophomore Marquisha Harris averaged 12.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg as WMU posted a win over Northern Illinois and fell on the road at Buffalo. Harris recorded 12 points and four rebounds at NIU and recorded her second career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. It was also her second double-double in the last three games. Harris shot 45.5 percent from the field for the week, hitting 10 of 22 field goal attempts.