MAC East Player of the Week
Quiera Lampkins, Ohio, Guard
Freshman, Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln
Lampkins put together a strong week to help the Ohio University women's basketball team (7-7, 2-1 MAC) finish the second week of the Mid-American Conference action with a 2-0 mark. The freshman guard from Gahanna, Ohio averaged 21.5 points and shot 60% from the field (17-28) as well as 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals. Lampkins tallied a career-high 24 points and went 9-for-12 from the field in addition to hauling in a team-high seven rebounds as Ohio raced out to a 19-point halftime lead that led to a 97-79 romp over Miami University last Thursday (Jan. 9) in a Battle of the Bricks matchup at the Convocation Center. The victory marked Ohio's first conference triumph of the 2014 campaign and first victory over the RedHawks since cruising to a 76-47 win at the Convo on March 2, 2011. Miami had won the previous five matchups against Ohio. Lampkins followed that performance up racking up 19 points to finish in double digits for the third straight game and sixth time this season as Ohio toppled MAC West Division leader Western Michigan on Sunday (Jan. 12) at the Convocation Center. Through 14 games in 2013-14, Lampkins ranks second on the team in scoring (10.4 points per game) and rebounding (5.4 rebounds per game) and leads the squad in steals (2.0 per game). Ohio has already surpassed its overall and conference win total from the 2012-13 campaign and has opened the 20013-14 season with a perfect 4-0 mark at the friendly confines of the Convo -- the best start to a home slate for the Bobcats since beginning 4-0 in 2006-07. Ohio takes to the road to battle MAC East Division rival Kent State University on Wednesday (Jan. 15). The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
MAC West Player of the Week
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard
Junior, Detroit, Mich./Inkster
Central Michigan junior Crystal Bradford recorded her first career triple-double with 19 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists on Sunday to cap another stellar week in which she averaged 17.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 7.5 assists as the Chippewas claimed a pair of road wins over MAC East foes to improve to 3-0 in conference play. Bradford is just the fourth player in program history to record a triple-double. The junior became the first player in the MAC to record a triple-double this season and posted the second-best assist mark in program history to lead the Chippewas past Buffalo Sunday, 82-68. She started her week with 15 points, 12 rebounds and four assists as the Maroon and Gold claimed a 26-point win on the road over MAC East favorite Akron, 109-83. Bradford has had at least a double-double in four-straight contests and a league-best nine games and is now averaging 20.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
Rachel Tecca, Akron, Forward
Senior, Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban HS
Despite a pair of roadblocks last week for the Zips, senior Rachel Tecca continued to make history as she became UA's all-time leading rebounder. Pulling down nine rebounds in each of Akron's two games last week, Tecca now has 923 boards for her career, surpassing former Zip Pam Arnold (1984-88). The senior maintained her spot as the MAC's leading scorer, shooting 57.1 percent from the field for 30 points against Central Michigan, her third 30-point game this season. Tecca also shot 50.0 percent from the field on the road at Bowling Green to lead both teams with 22 points, and added three assists.
Shelbie Justice, Ball State, Guard
Junior, Rushville, Ind. / Rushville Consolidated
Ball State junior guard Shelbie Justice earned her first double-double of the season in the Cardinals 70-66 win at Eastern Michigan, handing the Eagles only their second loss of the 2013-14 season. Justice pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds and added 15 points to the victory. She led the Cardinals in rebounding with four offensive and eight defensive boards. Justice knocked down two three pointers to help Ball State take ownership of the game in the second half. Justice tallied eight points and seven rebounds in the Cardinals 55-31 win at home over Kent State. She helped the Cardinals open the second half with a 15-4 run to go up by 22 (36-14) with a fast break layup. Justice also played a big part defensively helping Ball State hold Kent State to only five points up until the 7:24 mark of the second half.
Jillian Halfhill, Bowling Green, Guard
Senior, Canfield, Ohio (Canfield)
Bowling Green senior guard Jillian Halfhill led the Falcons in scoring as BGSU picked up a pair of wins to improve to 3-0 in the MAC. Halfhill averaged 16.5 points, along with 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, in wins over Kent State and Akron. She shot 54.5 percent from three-point range, making 6-of-11 shots from beyond the arc, and she was 7-for-8 (87.5%) from the free-throw line. Halfhill scored a team-high 15 points at Kent State, going 5-of-9 from the field and 2-for-5 from long distance. In the victory over Akron, she had 18 points and four assists to lead the Falcons in both categories. She tied her season best with four three-pointers in six attempts. On the season, Halfhill is averaging 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and a team-leading 3.3 assists per game. She leads the Falcons in three-point field goals made, with 26. Halfhill is averaging 13.0 ppg and shooting 40.0% (6-of-15) from three-point range in MAC games. The Falcons are 13-2 overall and 3-0 in the MAC heading into a Wednesday (Jan. 15) game at Ball State.
Kristen Sharkey, Buffalo, Forward
Junior, Manahawkin, NJ / Southern Regional
Put up back-to-back double-doubles for the week, with 14/11 at Western Michigan and 20/14 at home against Central Michigan… shot 50 percent from the field in the two games combined… had two blocks against Central Michigan.
Olivia Fouty, Eastern Michigan, Guard
R-Junior, Toledo, Ohio / Sylvania Northview
Redshirt-junior Olivia Fouty averaged a double-double despite the Eagles going 0-2 on the week. Fouty averaged 11.5 rebounds to go along with 10.0 points while playing 29.5 minutes a contest. Her 23 rebounds on the week were nine more than the next closest teammate. Versus BSU, Fouty posted a team-best 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting while grabbing 13 caroms for her 14th career double-double. On the road at NIU, she added 10 more rebounds to her tally.
Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois, Guard
Junior, Hobart, Ind./Hobart
Junior Amanda Corral had a career-night for Northern Illinois Sunday afternoon, scoring a career-best 30 points with six rebounds, four assists and two steals to lead the Huskies to a 77-54 victory over Eastern Michigan, NIU's first since 2009. In 36 minutes on the court, Corral was 10-of-16 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Last Wednesday at Toledo, she scored 20 points, leading the Huskies back within two points after trailing by 17 points in the final nine minutes against the four-time defending MAC West Champions. The junior was 9-of-14 of the field (.643) and 2-of-2 from the free throw line (1.000) with four rebounds.
Inma Zanoguera, Toledo, Forward
Junior, Llucmajor, Spain
Junior Inma Zanoguera averaged a team-high 16.0 points, a squad-best 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in a pair of Rocket victories this past week. Zanoguera shot a team-best 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from the field, including a squad-high 40.0 percent (2-of-5) from three-point range, and a team-high 88.9 percent (8-of-9) from the free throw line in 35.5 minutes. She scored in double figures in both games and posting an impressive 3.0 assist/turnover ratio, helping UT win back-to-back contests for the first time since the end of November. The 2013-14 MAC Preseason All-MAC West Division Team honoree opened the week with 14 points, five caroms and two dimes in 36 minutes against Northern Illinois. Three days later versus Miami, Zanoguera totaled a game-high 18 points, a contest-best nine boards, four helpers and two thefts in 35 minutes.
Marquisha Harris, Western Michigan, Forward
Western Michigan junior forward Marquisha Harris averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game as WMU split a pair of games this past week. Harris had a career game in WMU's 82-72 win over Buffalo, totaling 33 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Harris had just five points and two rebounds at halftime before going off for 28 points and collecting 11 rebounds in the second half against the Bulls. Buffalo led Western Michigan by one at halftime, 29-28. Harris scored the first bucket of the second half and the Broncos did not trail again in the game. With 10:13 remaining and stretching over the next eight minutes, the smooth-handed southpaw scored 16 of her team's next 21 points. Harris ended the night shooting 12-for-18 (67%) from the floor and 9-of-15 from the free throw line. She added three assists and one steal. The 33 points was the most scored by a Bronco since All-American Carrie Moore dropped 34 against Miami in the MAC Tournament in 2007. On Sunday at Ohio, Harris totaled seven points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two assists in another all-around effort. She shot 3-for-5 from the floor, finishing the week with 40 points, 20 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal, shooting 65.2 percent (15-for-23) from the field.