Female Scholar Athlete of the Week: November 23-29, 2009
Eastern Michigan Cassie Schrock (basketball)
Cassie Schrock (Jr., 3.07, special education, Wadsworth, Ohio) led the Eagles to a 1-1 mark last week against Temple and Missouri State, averaging 20.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and four assists in the two contests. Against Temple, Schrock finished just shy of a double-double, going for 15 points and grabbing nine boards for the Eagles. At home against Missouri State, Nov. 29, Schrock went for 26 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals in EMU's 93-81 victory over the Lady Bears.
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:
Buffalo: Kourtney Brown (basketball, Jr., 3.22, computer engineering, Solon, Ohio) averaged 15.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in UB's two games at the Dead River Company Classic at the University of Maine. Brown, who was also named to the all-tournament team, scored 14 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and had five steals against Penn State in the opener and finished with 17 points and eight boards in the consolation against Maine.
Central Michigan: Kaihla Szunko (basketball, Jr., 3.85, health fitness, Saginaw, Mich.) averaged 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists to go with 2.5 steals and 1.0 blocks against Georgetown and Indiana State. The junior forward finished with seven points, 12 boards, three assists and two steals against Georgetown and followed up her performance with 18 points, four boards, an assist, three steals and two blocks against Indiana State.
Kent State: Yoshica Spears (basketball, Sr., 3.58, accounting, Nome, Texas) aided Kent State in a pair of wins last week, helping in every facet of the game. For the fifth straight time this season, the 5-10 Spears led KSU in rebounding with nine rebounds against Rhode Island Nov. 29. For the week, Spears led the team with 8.5 rebounds per game, 5.0 assists per game and shot a team-best 10-of-17 from the field for 58.8 percent. She was second on the team in scoring (11.5 ppg) and steals (2.5 spg) and had just two turnovers in 73 minutes.
Northern Illinois: Kylie York (basketball, Sr., 3.04, communication, Fishers, Ind.) averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists over two games...hit five three-pointers and totaled 16 points against No. 15 DePaul...added five rebounds and two assists in that contest... shot 47.1 percent (8-of-17) on three-pointers... connected on a trio of treys against Milwaukee to total nine points to go with two rebounds, one assist and one block.
Toledo: Jessica Williams (basketball, Jr., 3.05, psychology, Westerville, Ohio) named the Tournament MVP of the Holiday Inn & Express Suites Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 27-28. Williams averaged 12.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in UT's two victories against Yale and host New Mexico. In the opener vs. the Bulldogs, she had 11 points, four assists, three caroms and two steals. The following evening in the finals vs. the host Lobos, Williams tallied a team-high 14 points (12 in the second half), three boards, two helpers and one theft.
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)