MAC Announces Women's Basketball Players of the Week

Updated 11/25/2013

 

MAC East Player of the Week
Jillian Halfhill, Bowling Green, Guard
Senior, Canfield, Ohio (Canfield)
Bowling Green senior point guard Jillian Halfhill led the Falcons to a 3-1 record in four games, all away from home, last week.  Halfhill averaged 11.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and a team-leading 2.8 assists per contest as BG picked up a win at Butler before going 2-1 at the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge in Columbus over the weekend. The Falcons lost to Marist, but defeated Old Dominion and host Ohio State in that tourney. In those three games, Halfhill led the Falcons in scoring (13.7 ppg), assists (3.0 apg) and steals (1.7 spg) while shooting 56.3 percent from three-point range. She hit 9-of-16 long-distance tries in Columbus and 9-of-18 (50.0%) on the week.  After scoring six points at Butler, Halfhill had 16 against Marist, including a 4-of-6 performance from three-point range.  She added 12 points and eight rebounds in the win over Old Dominion, going 3-of-5 from long distance.  On Sunday vs. Ohio State, Halfhill had 13 points, five boards and six assists as the Falcons beat the Buckeyes for the first time since 1975. After trailing 2-0, BGSU led the rest of the way, but OSU narrowed the margin to just two points in the second half. Halfhill, however, led the Falcons on a 12-0 run, scoring the first seven points herself and then assisting on the two baskets that accounted for the other five points in that run. On the season, Halfhill is averaging 12.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and a team-leading 3.3 assists per game, and she has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3. Halfhill has made 15 of her 33 three-point tries this year, good for a 45.5% rate. The Falcons are 6-1 on the season, heading into a game vs. Monmouth next Sunday (Dec. 1) in Springfield, Mass., in BG’s final contest in the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge.
 
MAC West Player of the Week
Inma Zanoguera, Toledo, Forward
Junior, Llucmajor, Spain
Junior Inma Zanoguera paced six Rockets in double figures with a game-high 21 points in Toledo’s 96-81 road victory at UMKC on Wednesday. Zanoguera added a squad-best nine caroms, team-tying best three steals and two assists in a squad-high 36 minutes. She shot a stellar 9-of-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to top at least 20 points for a second time this season.
 
 
Other Nominees:
Hanna Luburgh, Akron, Guard
Senior, Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley High School
Hanna Luburgh scored 14 of her 23 points in the second half to lead Akron past Canisius, 72-56, on Friday night. The senior pulled down 11 rebounds, four of which came on the offensive glass, for her third double-double in the first five games of the season. Against the Griffs, Luburgh went 5-for-5 from the free throw line and drained two 3-pointers. 
 
Nathalie Fontaine, Ball State, Forward
Sophomore, Stockholm, Sweden
Fontaine tied her career high 23 points in the Ball State women's basketball victory at Detroit Mercy Saturday afternoon in Calihan Hall.  Fontaine also added 7 rebounds to the win.  The Cardinals started the game strong, building an early 13-3 lead with just over three minutes into the first half.  Detroit Mercy then orchestrated a 16-3 run to take a 19-17 ledger over Ball State at the 8:24 mark.  After getting in foul trouble early, Fontaine scored 10 points off the bench helping Ball State to battle its way back by ending the half with a 27-14 run to give the Cardinals a 44-33 advantage over Detroit at intermission. Fontaine scored 12 points at Evansville earlier in the week, with both games Fontaine has now scored in double digits 30 times out of 36 total games in her career.  Fontaine needs 12 points to reach the 500 point career mark.
 
Hannah Robertson, Miami, Guard
Senior, New Albany, Ohio/New Albany
Robertson had a solid game in nearly leading the RedHawks to a comeback win over UIC in Miami’s only action on Saturday. She finished with 17 points, while also contributing a team-leading five rebounds and three assists. She finished 7-for-15 from the field, including 3-for-5 from behind the arc in 33 minutes of action.
 
Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois, Guard
Junior, Hobart, Ind./Hobart
Corral was the game's leading scorer with 17 points, including two three-pointers, to lead the Huskies in scoring. Corral also led the game with five assists in the contests. The junior played all 40 minutes.
 
Kiyanna Black, Ohio, Guard
Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Africentric
Black came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points in Ohio's 60-52 victory at Eastern Kentucky last Saturday, marking the second time this season she has hit double figures and 22nd time in her career. She went 4-for-9 from behind the arc. Black, who scored a career-high 35 points and hit eight threes in the 94-88 season-opening triumph over Xavier on Nov. 10 at the Convocation Center in Athens, shrugged off two tough shooting performances at Morehead State and at Louisville to come up with several clutch shots at Eastern Kentucky. None of Black's treys were bigger than the one she knocked down with 2:26 to play, which put an end to a 16-8 run by the Lady Colonels and increased Ohio's lead to 56-50. The Bobcats (3-1) are off to their best start since opening the 2006-07 campaign with a 5-0 mark. Ohio's six-game stretch away from Athens continues with a Thanksgiving break trip to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout. Ohio will face UIC on Nov. 29 before squaring off with No. 8 Maryland the following day.