Ball State Elizabeth Spilman (swimming & diving) and Buffalo Meili Carpenter (swimming & diving)

Updated 12/15/2009
Co-Female Scholar Athlete of the Week: November 30 - December 6, 2009

Ball State Elizabeth Spilman (swimming & diving) and Buffalo Meili Carpenter (swimming & diving)

Elizabeth Spilman (So., 3.34, landscape architecture, Bristol, Ind.) helped guide the Cardinals to a dual meet win over Eastern Illinois last Friday by scoging individual wins in the 200 and 500 freestyle. In the 200 free, Spilman clocked in a 1:56.77, over half a second ahead of the runner up. In the 500 free, Spilman's time of 5:13.88 was over six seconds faster than the second-place finisher. On Saturday, Spilman helped BSU secure three wins in a quad meet at IUPUI. BSU topped the Jaguars, Saint Louis and Western Illinois. In the event, Spilman collected wins in the 200 breaststroke and the 1000 freestyle. In the 200 breast, she clocked in at 2:30.10 to win by three-tenths of a second. In the 1000 free, her time of 10:50.89 was the only sub 11 minute effort, with second place finishing at 11:05.57.

Meili Carpenter (Sr., 3.77, chemistry, Boulder, Co.)swept the diving events at the University of Akron's Zippy Invitational, setting a meet and pool record in one of the victories. Carpenter opened the meet with a record-setting victory on the one-meter board scoring 311.45 points, the only diver to score over 300 points in the event and establishing new meet and pool records. Carpenter also won the three-meter event on Saturday with a total score of 316.65. Carpenter remains undefeated on the one-meter board thus far this season.

The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.


Other Female Nominees:
Bowling Green: Lauren Prochaska (basketball, Jr., 3.14, sport management, Plain City, Ohio) Helped the Falcons to a pair of victories last week, including a road win over a nationally-ranked team ... averaged 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds as BGSU downed Saint Francis (Pa.) and #14/16 Vanderbilt ... had a double-double, with 27 points and 10 rebounds, in BG's 77-72 win over SFU ... then, scored 14 points and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Falcons downed VU, 66-60, in Nashville ... played all 40 minutes in the first game and 38 minutes in the second ... shot 65 percent from the field, going 13-of-20 in the two games ... on the week, also averaged 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocked shots and 1.0 steals ... was 3-of-7 (.429) from three-point range and 12-of-16 (.750) from the free-throw line ... on the year, is averaging 15.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg to lead the team in both categories ... is tied for the team lead with 1.0 blocks per game.

Central Michigan: Erika Schroll (track & field, Sr., 3.59, biology, Union, Mich.) jump of 5-10 earned her a provisional qualifying mark in the high jump at Saginaw Valley State last week during the pentathlon. The mark set a new personal best for the senior from Union, Mich., and helped her win the pentathlon with 3,525 points.

Eastern Michigan: Tavelyn James (basketball, So., 3.37, occupational therapy, Detroit, Mich.) proved to be the best player on the court this weekend, as the Eagles rolled past Detroit, Dec. 5, after giving No. 5/6 Notre Dame, Dec. 2, a scare at the Joyce Center. The sophomore guard averaged 24.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 assists per contest in 30.5 minutes of work. Against the Fighting Irish, James dropped 21 point to lead all scorers, on 8-of-21 shooting on the night to go along with a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. Then on Saturday at Detroit, the Motor City native was a solid 9-of-21 from the field, including five three-pointers, to lead all scorers with 27 points as the Eagles led from wire-to-wire in the win. James open the game with eight straight points before dropping 10 more during a 26-8 EMU run midway through the first half to effectively put the contest out of reach.

Kent State: Yoshica Spears (basketball, Sr., 3.58, accounting, Nome, Texas) continues to have a stellar start to her senior campaign. Against Cleveland State Dec. 5, Spears tied a career-high with 14 points while pulling down a team-best 11 rebounds in her second career double-double. Spears has led Kent State in rebounding all six games this year and leads the team in minutes per game (30.2 mpg).

Miami: Allison Way (swimming & diving, Sr., 3.69, mass communication, Omaha, Ne.) as the RedHawks won their own Miami Invitational, 883 points ahead of second-place Florida Gulf Coast University. Way won the 100-yard butterfly (55.02) and was part of two winning relay teams, the 400 medley relay (3:45.71) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:26.05). She swam in eight finals altogether, accumulating 382 of a possible 432 points.

Northern Illinois: Mauvolyene Adams (basketball, Jr., 3.50, elementary education, Bolingbrook, Ill.) averaged 11.5 points, nine rebounds and sunk five-of-six free throws over the two-game week. She tallied 12 points and 10 boards for her fifth double-double this season against Northern Iowa. She also scored 11 points to go with eight boards and two assists at Illinois State.

Western Michigan: Molly Dwyer (basketball, Sr., 3.58, nursing, Sterling Heights, Mich.) shot 4-for-4 from behind the three point line and made two crucial three's last in the second half to help Western Michigan pull off a 74-71 victory on the road last week. Dwyer scored 15 points in the game and the 5-7 guard pulled down six rebounds. She also added two assists and a steal. The 15 points scored was one off her career best. Dwyer also contributed five points, three rebounds, a steal and an assist in a loss to No. 19 Pitt.

Previous Female Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 11) Marry Hull, Miami (field hockey)
Week 2 (Sept. 18) Allyson Doyle, WMU (volleyball)
Week 3 (Sept. 25) Molly Gerst, CMU (soccer)
Week 4(Oct. 2) Marisa Hornbaker, Buffalo (volleyball)
Week 5 (Oct. 9) Lindsey Curnock, NIU (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 16) Chelsi Abott, CMU (soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 23) Ali Bishel, BSU (cross country)
Week 8 (Oct. 30) Laurie Wilkins, KSU (field hockey)
Week 9 (Nov. 6) Alexandra Lizarribar, KSU (cross country)
Week 10 (Nov. 13) Claire Horton, CMU (soccer)
Week 11 (Nov. 20) Kourtney Brown, Buffalo (basketball)
Week 12 (Nov. 23) Meili Carpenter, Buffalo (swimming & diving)
Week 13 (Dec. 4) Cassie Schrock, EMU (basketball)
Week 14 (Dec. 11) Elizabeth Spilman, BSU (swimming & diving)
                           Meili Carpenter, Buffalo (swimming & diving)