Northern Illinois’s Naughton Named MAC Female Scholar Athlete
CLEVELAND, OH? Northern Illinois’s Jennifer Naughton (gymnastics) was named the MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week on March 19, 2009.
Naughton (Sr., 3.657, psychology, Smithville, Mo.) was spectacular in two meets for the Huskies last week as she won the state title on the balance beam at the State of Illinois Classic (quadrangular meet) with a 9.925 to post a career high, the highest score on any event by an NIU gymnast in 2009, and the third-highest balance beam score in school history. Her score was also the best in the MAC on balance beam this year. Naughton added a season-high score of 9.850 on the floor exercise to finish tied for fourth on that event. In a dual meet at Western Michigan earlier in the week, Naughton earned runner-up finishes on both the beam and floor exercise with scores of 9.800 in each event, while adding a third-place finish on the vault with a 9.750.
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 that 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, So., 3.06, sport management, Plain City, Ohio) averaged 8.3 points and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds per game in three contests at the MAC Tournament. The Falcons advanced to the championship game with wins over Central Michigan and Toledo, before losing by four points to Ball State. She also led the team in assists (3.3 apg) and steals (2.0 spg) at the league tourney. BG is 28-4 overall, and the Falcons have clinched a national postseason berth for the fifth consecutive year. BGSU defeated Canisius 90-65 in the opening round of the WNIT tournament on March 18 and will face Syracuse on Sunday, March 22.
Buffalo: Sharon Barr (softball, pitcher/ infield, Jr., 3.06, management, Coarsegold, Calif.) pitched a no-hitter to defeat Manhattan, 8-0, at the Rebel Spring Games in Florida. Barr struck out five in five innings of work and helped herself at the plate with two hits and three RBIs. The no-hitter was the first thrown by a UB pitcher since the Bulls returned to Division I play in 2000. Barr won four games in UB’s 7-1 trip to Florida. The Bulls have now won 12 games, their best start since resurrecting softball in 2000.
Central Michigan: Katie Simon (gymnastics, Jr., 3.42, therapeutic recreation, Bristol, Wis.) claimed four of a possible five first-place finishes in a 194.650-193.750 victory over Eastern Michigan. She scored a season-high 39.350 to win the all-around and also took first on the bars (9.825) and beam (9.9). She tied with two of her teammates for first on the vault (9.850) and took second on the floor exercise (9.775). Simon's score on beam was a career best and tied for the top score in the MAC this season, while her all-around score was .025 off her career high and matches the MAC’s best mark this year.
Eastern Michigan: Stacie Skodinski (softball, shortstop, So., 3.06, secondary education, South Bend, Ind.) hit .385 with two home runs as the Eagles went 2-3 at the Courtyard by Marriott Cardinal Tournament in Louisville, Ky. She went 5-for-13 with three extra base hits and five RBI with a .923 slugging percentage.
Kent State: Katie Wheeler (softball, Sr., 4.0, justice studies, Stow, Ohio) hit .571 with two doubles in Kent State's three-game weekend. On Sunday at Charleston Southern, Wheeler's two-out, sixth-inning single started a two-run rally and helped the Flashes to a 3-2 win. On Saturday, Wheeler drove in the game's only run with a two-out, fifth-inning single as Kent State topped Charleston Southern 1-0.
Toledo: Jessica Williams (basketball, guard, So., 3.0, psychology, Westerville, Ohio) averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in the MAC Tournament last week while shooting 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the field and 75.0 percent (9-of-12) from three-point range in the Rockets’ two games. Williams tied a then-MAC Tournament record with seven treys in UT’s win over Ohio.
Western Michigan: Kerstin Pahl (tennis, Sr., 3.75, management, Kiel, Germany) became the winningest player in the history of Western Michigan tennis, men's or women's, by going 4-0 on the road at Butler and Indiana State to reach 215 career wins. Pahl won both of her matches at No. 1 singles in straight sets with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Butler and a 6-0, 6-4 win over Indiana State. She also remained perfect with Amanda Moccia with a pair of doubles wins as the 59th-ranked team in the country improved to 9-0. For the season, Pahl is 26-4 in singles and 23-4 in doubles as the Broncos have won three matches in a row and improved to 13-4 this season.
Previous Female Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 4) Rochelle Coetzee, Ohio (field hockey)
Week 2 (Sept. 11) Allison Kittleberger, KSU (field hockey)
Week 3 (Sept. 18) Jill Wolosiansky, EMU (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 25) Katie Sephenson, BGSU (soccer)
Week 5 (Oct. 2) Katie Eberling, WMU (volleyball)
Week 6 (Oct. 9) Darby Peters, EMU (golf)
Shay Mannino, CMU (soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 16) Chelsey Meek, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 8 (Oct. 23) Jacy Dyer, UT (swimming & diving)
Week 9 (Oct. 30) Katie Eberling, WMU (volleyball)
Week 10 (Nov. 6) Annie Beecham, Ohio (cross country)
Martina Gavier, KSU (golf)
Week 11 (Nov. 13) Rachel Heim, Ohio (swimming & diving)
Week 12 (Nov. 20) Shannon Strachan, UT (volleyball)
Week 13 (Nov. 26) Anna Kowalska, KSU (basketball)
Week 14 (Dec. 4) Megan Griffin, MIA (volleyball)
Week 15 (Dec. 11) Jenna Schone, MIA (basketball)
Week 16 (Dec. 18) Jenna Schone, MIA (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 8) Kaihla Szunko, CMU (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 15) Rachel Heim, Ohio (swimming & diving)
Week 19 (Jan. 22) Lauren Prochaska, BGSU (basketball)
Week 20 (Jan. 29) Erin Grigg, EMU (gymnastics)
Week 21 (Feb. 5) Jessica Neel, CMU (gymnsastics)
Week 22 (Feb. 12) Kerstin Pahl, WMU (tennis)
Week 23 (Feb. 19) Lauren Prochaska, BGSU (basketball)
Week 24 (Feb. 26) Stevi Large, Akron (track & field)
Week 25 (Mar. 5) Erin Grigg, EMU (gymnastics)
Week 26 (Mar. 12) Tara Breske, BGSU (basketball)Week 27 (Mar. 19) Jennifer Naughton, NIU (gymnastics)