MAC East Player of the Week:
Rachel Tecca, Akron, Forward
R-Junior, Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban HS
Reigning East Division Player of the Week Rachel Tecca played up to the standards of the title as she led the Zips to victory over Ball State to extend Akron's winning streak to five games. Tecca posted a game-high 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, along with a 10-for-11 showing from the free throw line. The forward also grabbed eight rebounds and tallied a block and a steal. Tecca has now scored in double figures in all 24 of Akron's games this season and ranks 12th in the nation in field goal percentage as the MAC's leading scorer.
MAC West Player of the Week:
Marquisha Harris, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Moline, Ill./Moline
Western Michigan sophomore forward Marquisha Harris has continued to establish herself as a force in the Mid-American Conference, recording her fifth career double-double - (all of which have come this season, & in MAC play, as well as within in the last eight conference games). Harris was dominate with 23 points and 15 rebounds, leading WMU to its fifth MAC win of the season under first-year head coach Shane Clipfell. Harris shot a remarkable 81.8 % in the game, going 9-for-11 from the field. The Broncos have won three straight, all off which Harris has fueled with doubles-doubles.
Danielle Havel, Bowling Green, Forward
R-Senior, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel) (DePaul Univ.)
Senior forward Danielle Havel had 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists in the Falcons’ lone game of the week, a 60-49 win at Northern Illinois. Havel tied for game honors in scoring, and led the Falcons in rebounding. Her point total tied her career high, set earlier this year in a win at UNLV. She set a career best with three three-point field goals made vs. the Huskies. Havel went 4-of-5 from the field, and was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range. She had a steal in addition to the two assists. On the season, Havel is averaging 7.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. She ranks fourth on the team in scoring and second in both rebounding and assists. BGSU is 16-8 overall and 7-4 in the MAC.
Christa Baccas, Buffalo, Forward
Sophomore, Hilburn, NY
Sophomore Christa Baccas helped lead the Bulls to a road victory at Eastern Michigan on Saturday as she finished with 15 points, one of four UB players in double figures. Baccas was extremely efficient from the floor, hitting six of her seven shots. Baccas also pulled down eight rebounds and had two of UB's season high 23 assists. Baccas also had three official blocked shots, while altering many more down low for the Bulls. She also had one steal. Baccas currently leads the MAC in blocked shots and is also in the top 10 in the league in rebounding and field goal percentage.
Kirsten Olowinski, Miami, Forward
Kirsten Olowinski was a strong force in the paint for the RedHawks against CMU in their only action last Saturday. She finished with 15 points and just missed another double-double with eight rebounds. Olowinski was 7-for-11 from the field. She also contributed three blocks, four steals and one assist in 35 minutes of action.
Shavon Robinson, Ohio, Guard
Junior, Canton, Ohio/Canton South
Shavon turned in her third highest scoring game of the season on Saturday against Western Michigan, hitting four field goals and eight free throws to end the game with a team-high 16 points. The junior also chipped in three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in her 31 minutes of turnover-free basketball.
Nathalie Fontaine, Ball State, Guard
Fontaine grabbed her third double-double of the season after leading the Cardinals with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She helped Ball State out-rebound the Zips 48-to-36. Fontaine has now scored in double figures 18 times as a true freshman. Despite Fontaine's performance the Cardinals lost to Akron by score of 64-52.
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich/Inkster HS
Central Michigan sophomore Crystal Bradford recorded her second-straight double-double and 10th of the season to help the Chippewas earn a key road win at Miami Saturday afternoon, 72-60. Despite playing just six minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, Bradford scored a team-high 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while also setting a new standard in the CMU record books. Bradford recorded a pair of blocks in the contest, becoming the fastest player in program history to reach 100 career blocks.
India Hairston, Eastern Michigan, Center
Senior, Flint, Mich. / Hamady
Senior India Hairston turned in her second career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes of work against Buffalo. She also added four steals in the setback.
Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois, Guard
Sophomore, Hobart, Ind./Hobart H.S.
Amanda Corral, who is averaging 12.9 points a game, tallied 12 points and four rebounds in a losing effort as the Huskies fell to Bowling Green, 60-49. It was the 18th time Corral went 4-for-12 from the field, including 2-for-4 from three-point territory. Corral led NIU in scoring for the 10th time this season and the 17th time for her career.
Andola Dortch, Toledo, Guard
Junior, Akron, OH/Kenmore High School
Junior Andola Dortch finished with seven points, a contest-best seven dimes, a game-high four thefts and three boards vs. Kent State on Saturday, Feb. 16. Dortch shot 3-of-5 from the field, including 1-of-1 from three-point range, in only 22 minutes. The 2011-12 MAC Defensive Player of the Year played a key role in helping the Rockets jump out to a 28-2 lead over the Golden Flashes in the opening nine minutes of the MAC cross-division finale. Dortch has now tallied at least five helpers on seven occasions this season and at least three thefts 10 times in 2012-13.