MAC East Player of the Week
Rachel Tecca, Akron, Forward
Senior, Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban High School
Rachel Tecca became the University of Akron's all-time leading scorer over the weekend as she paced the Zips offensively in the Cal Poly Holiday Beach Classic. Tecca shot 51.2 percent from the field and averaged 26.0 points per game after entering the weekend as the top scorer in the country. Against Cal Poly, Tecca scored 20 of her game-high 28 points in the first half on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and a 3-for-3 showing at the free throw line. The senior led all scorers again versus UC Davis with 24 points. She broke the school's scoring record with a layup at the 2:36 mark of the second half, surpassing Kara Murphy (2008-11) who held the previous record of 1,777 points. Tecca was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts.
MAC West Player of the Week
Marquisha Harris, Western Michigan, Forward
Junior, Moline, Ill. (Moline)
Junior forward Marquisha Harris totaled 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in Western Michigan’s 67-49 win at Chicago State Sunday. The victory snapped a three-game skid for the Broncos, who improve to 3-4 on the season...Harris' 19 rebounds tied as the third most in a single game in Bronco women’s basketball history and was the most hauled in by a member of the Brown & Gold since the 2006-07 season. Her total also registers as the most rebounds by a player from the Mid-American Conference this season...Harris shot 7-for-15 (46.6%) from the floor and collected six caroms on the offensive side of the glass. In a well-rounded effort, she dished out three assists and had one block, as well as one steal. It was her first double-double of the season and the sixth of her career...Her 19 points was the second-highest scoring game of her career.
Nathalie Fontaine, Ball State, Forward
Sophomore, Stockholm, Sweden
Fontaine tallied 21 points and brought down six rebounds against Auburn in the Cardinals first game at the South Point Shootout held in Las Vegas, Nev., Friday. Fontaine led the way for the Cardinals with her first double-double of the season with a 16 point, 11 rebound performance in Ball State's 76-64 win over Tennessee Tech Saturday. Fontaine was also named to the South Point Shootout All-Tournament team. After Friday's performance against Auburn, Fontaine has now surpassed the 500 point mark, she now has 522 career points as a sophomore.
Deborah Hoekstra, Bowling Green, Guard
Junior, East Lansing, Mich. (East Lansing)
Bowling Green junior guard Deborah Hoekstra made seven of her eight shots from the field en route to a career-high 18 points in the Falcons’ lone game of the week, a 71-48 win over Monmouth on Sunday. Hoekstra’s 7-for-8 performance included a 3-for-4 effort from three-point range. She nearly doubled her previous career high for field goals made (four), and she also set a career standard for minutes played, with 29. Hoekstra tied her career best with two steals in the win, and was named BGSU’s Player of the Game. The game was part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield, Mass. Hoekstra has scored in double figures in three games this season, including in each of the last two contests, wins over Ohio State and MU. She entered this season with a total of two double-digit scoring games in her career. In Sunday’s win, the Falcons built a 71-37 lead before Monmouth closed the game on an 11-0 run to make the score seem a little more respectable. On the season, Hoekstra is averaging 6.5 points and 1.8 rebounds. She has 52 points, just six shy of her total for all of last season, and she has equaled last year’s totals for field goals made (16) and three-point field goals made (9). Hoekstra is shooting 51.6% from the field and 47.4% (9-of-19) from three-point range this season to date. The Falcons are 7-1 on the season, heading into a home game vs. Milwaukee on Sunday (Dec. 8).
Christa Baccas, Buffalo, Forward
Junior, Hillburn, NY / Suffern
2.5 blocks and three steals averaged over the two games. Played all 40 minutes in the team's win over Pittsburgh, holding the Panthers' 6-11 center Marvadene Anderson to just four points while recording 14 rebounds and four blocks of her own. Recorded a double double of 10 points and 13 rebounds with four steals in 32 minutes of playing time in the team's win over cross-town rival Canisius on Wednesday. Committed just one turnover in the two games over the week.
Niki DiGuilio, Central Michigan, Guard
Senior, Mount Vernon, Ohio/Mount Vernon
Central Michigan senior Niki DiGuilio averaged 15.7 points per game and shot 48.1 percent from behind the three-point line versus the likes of Kansas, No. 2 Duke and Xavier at the Paradise Jam to earn All-Tournament Team honors. DiGuilio made 13 triples over the three games, including six in the Chippewas’ victory 88-62 victory over Xavier in which the Maroon and Gold set a program record with 18 threes. The senior came out on fire versus No. 2 Duke, scoring 11 of the Chippewas’ first 13 points as CMU jumped out to 22-18 lead halfway through the first half. She led the Chippewas in scoring in two of the three contests and is now just 21 three-point field goals shy of becoming the program’s all time leader.
Phillis Webb, Eastern Michigan, Guard
Freshman, Brooklyn Park, Minn.-Osseo
Freshman Janay Morton scored a team-high and personal-best 19 points to lead the Eastern Michigan to a 120-35 victory over Marygrove, Nov. 30, the Eagles' highest point total in program history. Morton shot six-of-nine from the floor while also shooting 70 percent from the charity stripe, making 7-of-10 attempts. The Brooklyn Park, Minn. native also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, falling just one board short of her first career double-double. The freshman guard helped EMU break three program records as well as six Convocation Center records...The Eagles will be back in action Wednesday, Dec. 4, when they travel to Chicago, Ill. to take on Loyola-Chicago in a non-conference contest. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
CiCi Shannon, Kent State, Center
Junior, Hazel Crest, Ill. / Southern Illinois
Shannon led the Golden Flashes to a 1-1 record at the David Jones Memorial Classic this past weekend en route to being named one of five All-Tournament selections. The junior center matched a career-high with 14 points in the opening game versus host Houston on Saturday. On Sunday, she had a big day again, recording 12 points and 5 blocks in the win over Stephen F. Austin. She had seven blocks total in the tournament.
Hannah Robertson, Miami, Guard
Senior, New Albany, Ohio/New Albany
Hannah Robertson was Miami’s leading scorer in both games this week against top level competition. She averaged 16.0 points on 52.2 percent (12-for-23) shooting, including shooting 63.6 percent (7-for-11) from behind the three-point line. Against Duquesne on Tuesday Robertson led the RedHawks with 19 points, a season high, on 7-for-14 shooting. She hit four 3-point baskets, and also brought in six rebounds and had three assists, a block and a steal. In nearly leading Miami to an upset over Florida State on Sunday, Robertson had 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting, and made another three shots from behind the arc. She also contributed two rebounds, two assists and two steals in that game.
Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois, Guard
Junior, Hobart, Ind./Hobart
Amanda Corral was the Huskies leading scorer in both games it played at the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic. After scoring 16 points in the tournament opener against host New Mexico State, Corral closed the tournament with a 25 point performance against Lamar, a new career-high. Corral was 10-of-16 from the field in the contest and scored 16 of her points in the second half. The junior shot over 50 percent in the tournament, 15-for-28, going 3-for-5 behind the arc, and also went 8-for-10 at the free throw line in the tournament. Defensively against the Lady Cardinals, Corral made two steals which resulted in two fast break layups and also blocked one shot.
Hannah Boesinger, Ohio, Forward
Freshman, Hudson, Ohio/Hudson
Boesinger tied for the team lead with a career-high 18 points to go along with a team-high five rebounds in Ohio University's 76-67 loss to the University of Illinois at Chicago last Friday (Nov. 29) in the opening game of the 2013 San Juan Shootout at Mario Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The Bobcats dropped to 3-3 after falling to the Flames, then losing an 84-60 decision to the No. 8-ranked University of Maryland the following day. Ohio looks to return to its winning ways next Thursday (Dec. 21) when it travels to Cleveland State to wrap up its six-game road trip. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
Inma Zanoguera, Toledo, Guard
Junior, Llucmajor, Spain
Junior Inma Zanoguera was named to the SMC Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team over the weekend. Zanoguera averaged 13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 37.5 mpg in two contests to garner all-tourney recognition for a second time this season. The 2013-14 Preseason All-MAC West Division Team honoree had a team-high 12 points, a squad-tying best six caroms, two helpers and one steal in a contest-high 37 minutes at Saint Mary’s (CA) in the championship game on Saturday (Nov. 30). One day prior, Zanoguera registered a team-high 15 points, seven rebounds, two dimes and two steals in a season-best 38 minutes vs. Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 29). Among her 15 points against the Titans was a jumper with 24.4 seconds left to give the Rockets a one-point lead, an advantage they would not relinquish. The third-year Rocket has now scored in double figures in each of the first six games this season and the last 10 games overall, dating back to last season.