MAC East Player of the Week
Rachel Tecca, Akron, Forward
Redshirt Junior, Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban HS
Rachel Tecca was an offensive powerhouse last week, shooting 62.1 percent from the field and averaging 24.5 points while leading Akron to two big wins and the top of the East Division standings. Against Eastern Michigan, Tecca finished the night with 20 points, including the game-winning layup with 0.7 seconds remaining. On the road at Miami, the forward posted her sixth double-double of the season with a game-high 29 points and 11 rebounds, despite playing the fewest minutes for a starter on either team (26). She was also 13-for-15 from the free throw line in both games combined. Tecca has now scored in double figures in all 23 of Akron’s games this year, and 13 of those have been performances of 20 points or more.
MAC West Co-Players of the Week
Nathalie Fontaine, Ball State, Guard
Fontaine averaged 18.5 points per game and 5.0 rebounds for the week in Mid-American Conferenc action. Fontaine led the Ball State attack against Central Michigan Thursday night with a career-high 23 points plus added four rebounds and one blocked shot. Fontaine scored 14 of her 23 points in the second half. She helped the Cardinals take down the Chippewas 68-61 knocking them out of the race for first place MAC honors. Fontaine ended the week with a 14 point, six rebound performance versus Toledo Sunday. The Cardinals lost the hard fought battle over the Rockets 68-64.
Andola Dortch, Toledo, Guard
Junior, Akron, OH/Kenmore HS
Junior Andola Dortch tallied a team-high 14.0 points, a squad-best 5.5 steals, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals in victories against MAC East Division leader Miami (Feb. 6) and MAC overall leader Ball State (Feb. 10). Dortch was one of two Rockets to score in double figures in last week’s pair of wins, helping Toledo assume the top overall spot in the league. The 2011-12 MAC Defensive Player of the Year opened the week with 15 points, a career-best eight thefts, four caroms and three helpers vs. the RedHawks on Wednesday. Four days later against the Cardinals, Dortch tallied 13 points, eight boards, four dimes, a game-high three steals and one blocked shot. The Akron, OH native is now averaging a team-high 14.8 ppg over the last eight contests.
Cherridy Thornton, Buffalo, Forward
R-Junior, Detroit, MI
Redshirt junior Cherridy Thornton led the Bulls in scoring this past week, averaging 18.0 points per game. Thornton had a UB career-high 22 points in the loss at Central Michigan, the most points scored by a Buffalo player in a game this year. Thornton also added two assists and three steals against the Chippewas. Earlier this week, Thornton had 14 points of the bench against Bowling Green, while adding four rebounds and a steal. Thornton now leads the Bulls in scoring this season, averaging 11.8 points per game.
Courtney Osborn, Miami, Guard
Senior, Hamilton Southeastern
Osborn was Miami’s leading scorer for the week, averaging 19.5 points per game. She had seven 3-point baskets for the week, hitting 41 percent from behind the arc. Osborn finished with 21 points against Toledo, leading all scorers. That included five 3-point makes. During the game she hit a pair of free throws to break Miami’s career record in that category. She followed that up with 18 more points against Akron on Saturday to go with three assists. She now has 1,957 points for her career and needs only 23 more points to break Amanda Jackson’s (2003-08) all-time scoring record.
Erin Bailes, Ohio, Guard
Junior, Huntington, W.Va./Huntington
During the week, Erin’s point, rebound, and assist outputs were all higher than her season averages.
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich./Inkster
Central Michigan sophomore helped the Chippewas get back on track in leading them to a 86-51 rout of Buffalo Sunday afternoon inside McGuirk Arena. The sophomore went over the 20-point plateau for the seventh time this season and 10th time in her career by finishing with 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting and 3-of-6 from long range. Bradford also pulled down eight rebounds and dished out a game-high five assists as the Chippewas continued their home dominance over MAC foes. Despite struggling from the floor shooting earlier in the week at Ball State, Bradford found a way to contribute in a hardly contested loss to the Cardinals, pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds and blocking four shots while scoring seven points. Bradford finished the week averaging 15.5 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game.
Natachia Watkins, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Junior, South Euclid, Ohio / Brush
Junior Natachia Watkins had an extraordinary week for the Eagles averaging 13.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists as the Eagles notched a 1-1 week. At Akron, Watkins paced the Eagles with a career-best 15 rebounds to go along with 14 points and seven assists in the heartbreaking setback with 0.7 seconds left in regulation. The double-double was the second of the season for the the South Euclid, Ohio native. Watkins followed it up with 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists versus the Bobcats. For the week, she was 13-of32 fro, the field for a 40.6 percent clip while also notching four steals per contest on defense.
Marquisha Harris, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Moline, Ill./Moline
Sophomore Marquisha Harris averaged a double-double for the week, as Western Michigan posted back-to-back wins, with victories over Kent State and Bowling Green. Harris averaged 12.0 points and 10.5 rebounds, shooting 50 percent (8-for-16) from the field and 72.7 percent (8-for-11) from the free throw line. In WMU's 58-40 win at Kent State, Harris totaled 11 points and 11 rebounds. Harris followed with her second straight double double and fourth of the season Sunday with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Broncos' 55-54 win over Bowling Green. Western Michigan's win against Kent State snapped a four-game skid against the Flashes and was the team's first vicotry on the road at Kent since 2003. It also put a halt to a three-game losing streak which started Jan. 26 at Buffalo and was WMU's largest MAC victory since defeating Miami by 19 (83-64) on Feb. 12, 2011. The Broncos' win against Bowling Green was its third in the last six games against the Falcons and WMU's second straight at home, also defeating BGSU in Kalamazoo in 2011.