MAC East Player of the Week
Hanna Luburgh, Akron Guard
Senior, Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley High School
Hanna Luburgh was nearly unstoppable offensively last week, reaching a career milestone in the process. In Akron's three games, she averaged 28.7 points per contest, including two 30-point games, and shot 50.0 percent from the field en route to surpassing 1,000 points for her career. In UA's historic victory over Tennessee Tech, Luburgh led all scorers with 33 points and five 3-pointers in just 26 minutes of action. She had her best game against nationally-ranked Dayton, when she posted a career-high 37 points to go with 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. The senior's mark was one point shy of tying the school record for single-game scoring, and is the highest point total recorded by a MAC player so far this season. Luburgh wrapped up the week with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists against Wright State, reaching 1,000 points on a 3-pointer less than a minute into the second half.
MAC West Player of the Week
Olivia Fouty, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Redshirt Junior, Toledo, Ohio / Sylvania Northview
Redshirt junior Olivia Fouty averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in a pair of victories over Butler, Nov. 13, and Cleveland State, Nov. 17. She shot 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from the field including making 5-of-9 attempts from three-point range. In the overtime win against Butler, Fouty turned in her 10th career double-double with a career-best 20 points in addition to her 10 rebounds. She was 6-of-10 from the field in the win, while knocking down a career-high three triples. She followed it up with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists in the team's first road victory at Cleveland State...The Eagles will take a 13-day break before heading back to the hardwood to take on Marygrove College Saturday, Nov. 30. Tip off at the Convocation Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Brittany Carter, Ball State, Guard
Junior, Saint Louis, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy
For the second straight game junior guard Brittany Carter led the Ball State women’s basketball team in scoring with 17 points. Carter shot 50 percent from behind the arc off of 3-of-6 shooting along with a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Carter hit a 3-pointer to give the Cardinals a 56-54 lead over the Panthers with 4:08 remaining in the contest, but it wasn't enought as the Cardinals dropped a close game to Pittsburgh 63-58 Thursday night in Worthen Arena.
Erica Donovan, Bowling Green, Forward/Guard
Senior, Northside, Texas (John Jay)
Bowling Green redshirt sophomore Erica Donovan scored a game- and career-high 20 points as the Falcons rolled past Niagara, 90-58, in the team’s lone game of the week. She went 7-of-10 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line in the win. Donovan had seven rebounds, six of which came at the offensive end of the floor, helping the Falcons to a 23-2 advantage in second-chance points. She scored 12 points in the first half, as BG built a 14-point lead at the intermission, then had the first five points of the second period to help BG break the game wide open. For Donovan, who sat out last season as a transfer from North Carolina State, it was her second double-digit game this season and the seventh of her collegiate career. She tied her career rebounding high, and set new career standards for both field goals made and free throws made. On the season, Donovan is averaging a BG-best 14.0 points per game, and she also has 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. Donovan leads the Falcons in both field-goal percentage (53.6%, 15-of-28) and free-throw pct. (71.4%, 10-of-14). The Falcons are 3-0 on the season, the team’s best start in six years, heading into a Monday game at Butler.
Mackenzie Loesing, Buffalo, Guard
Sophomore, Cincinnati, OH / St. Ursula Academy
Sophomore guard Mackenzie Loesing had a strong week, with back-to-back 20 point games for Buffalo. In Wednesday's comeback win at Youngstown State, Loesing scored 22 points in just 27 minutes, also adding five rebounds, five steals and three assists. In the team's home opener against Cornell, Loesing played through an injury to post a double-double with 20 points and ten rebounds (five offensive). She would make three more steals and add in a trio of assists. Through the team's first three games of the regular season, Mackenzie is leading the team with 19.3 points per game.
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard
Junior, Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS
Central Michigan junior Crystal Bradford became the 22nd player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark Sunday afternoon with her 23-point performance at No. 7/8 Kentucky. Bradford knocked down a jumper in the second half to hit the 1,000-point mark and went on to score nine more points in the contest. She now has 1,009 career points, ranking 20th in program history. Bradford is the second fastest player to reach the 1,000-point plateau, needing just 66 games to accomplish the feat.
Nicole Anderson, Miami, Forward
Freshman, Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute North
Anderson continued her strong start to her collegiate career and is proving to be a tremendous force on the glass for the RedHawks. She averaged a double-double for the week, at 12.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. She recorded her first career double-double against Wright State, finishing with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Anderson followed that up with 10 more rebounds in a win over Chicago State on Saturday, and also contributed seven points. Anderson was 9-for-15 from the field (60 percent) and a perfect 2-for-2 from behind the arc. She also contributed two assists and three steals during the week.
Natecia Augusta, Northern Illinois, Forward
Junior, Peoria, Ill./Limestone
Recorded her first career double-double Tuesday evening in the Huskies home-opener against Mississippi Valley State, setting new career highs in points (17) and rebounds (11). On Sunday at Wisconsin, Augusta was a prominent piece in the Huskies defensive game plan, limiting the Badgers to 22 points in the paint, despite UW's height advantage. The Huskies forced 15 turnovers in the game, while only committing 14 of their own against the undefeated Badgers.
Lexie Baldwin, Ohio University, Forward
Sophomore, Hattiesburg, Miss./Hattiesburg
Baldwin led the way in Ohio University's 64-56 overtime triumph last Saturday at Morehead State University, scoring a career-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks. She went 8-for-10 from the free throw line and finished in double figures for the second straight game. Through two games, Baldwin leads the Bobcats in field goal percentage (.643) while ranking second in points per game (14.5) and rebounds per game (7.0). The Bobcats open the 2013-14 season with a 2-0 record, marking the first time the program has achieved such a feat since the 2006-07 campaign. Ohio defeated the Eagles in overtime for the second straight year. The Bobcats prevailed in overtime over Morehead State, 79-72, on Dec. 9, 2012, at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio. Ohio continues its three-game road swing through the state of Kentucky when it visits No. 4/5 Louisville Thursday (Nov. 21). Tip time is slated for 7 p.m.
Name: Andola Dortch, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Akron, OH/Akron Kenmore H.S.
Senior Andola Dortch led five Rockets in double figures with a season-high 22 points, four assists and two steals in a squad-best 37 minutes vs. nationally ranked Purdue on Sunday, Nov. 17. Dortch shot 8-of-15 from the field, including 2of-5 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe to score at least 20 points for the first time this season and eight times in her collegiate career. She has now scored in double figures in two of three games in 2013-14 and leads the squad in helpers (4.0) and thefts (3.3), as well as ranking second in scoring (13.3).
Miracle Woods, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Luers)
Sophomore Miracle Woods totaled 25 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in Western Michigan's only game this past week, as the Broncos defeated in-state rival and defending WBI champion Detroit Thursday at University Arena. Woods set a new career high for free-throws made, shooting 13-for-14 from the line. She was also on the mark from the floor, hitting 6 of 11 field goal attempts (54.5%). It was Woods' second-straight 20-plus game and third of her career. The win snapped a three-game losing streak against the Titans and was WMU's first over Detroit since Nov. 17, 2006. With the win, Western Michigan is off to the program’s first 2-1 start since the 2002-03 season.