Female Scholar Athlete of the Week: December 7-13, 2009

Updated 12/21/2009
Eastern Michigan Tavelyn James (basketball)

Tavelyn James (So., 3.37, occupational therapy, Detroit, Mich.) scored a program-record 39 points as EMU upended Rochester, 108-24, at the Convocation Center, Dec. 9. James was 16-of-29 from the field in 27 minutes of work. The 39 points shattered the EMU single-game scoring record previously held by *Laurie Byrd* at 37 versus Miami University, Dec. 12, 1981. James' 39 points are also the most points scored by an individual in the Mid-American Conference this season, besting the University of Toledo's Naama Shafir who had 36 versus Oakland University, Nov. 18. Also, the superb offensive output ranks fifth nationally, trailing only a 49-point effort by Memphis' Brittany Carter, a 44-point showing by Oklahoma State's Andrea Riley, a 44-point output by Oral Roberts' Kevi Luper and a 43-point performance by Mississippi State's Alexis Rack. In just 38 games during her brief career, sophomore* Tavelyn James* has reached double figures in points on 26 occasions. The Detroit native has scored 20 or more in 12 of those contests for a total of 628 points. Given her current pace of 16.5 points per game, James is on pace to become the second leading scorer in the program's 34-year history, trailing only* Laurie Byrd*.

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:
Ball State: Danielle Gratton (basketball, Sr., 3.97, graduate school Bethel Park, Pa.) averaged 10 points and 4.5 rebounds last week for the Cardinals. Gratton scored 14 points in the Cardinals 86-80 win over Illinois State Sunday. Gratton helped Ball State become the first Mid-American Conference school to defeat the Redbirds since 2006. She chipped in six points and six rebounds Thursday against undefeated Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Bowling Green: Lauren Prochaska (basketball, Jr., 3.14, sport management, Plain City, Ohio) Averaged 23.0 points per game and shot over 51% from the field last week ... led all scorers in each of BGSU's two games, with 25 points in a 64-43 win at Detroit and 21 more in a 70-54 loss at unbeaten St. Bonaventure ... was 8-of-16 from the field vs. UDM and 8-for-15 at SBU ... made five of BGSU's 10 three-point field goals on the week, going 5-for-13 (.385) from long range, and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free-throw line ... in last week's two games, moved up three spots on the BGSU career scoring list, and now ranks 14th in school history with 1,245 points ... on the season, is averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, leading the Falcons in both categories ... BGSU is 6-3 on the year.

Buffalo: Brittany Hedderson (basketball, So., 3.03, management, Tecumseh, Ontario) Hedderson had a career-high 25 points as she helped the Bulls to a 92-38 win over Youngstown State. Despite playing just 18 minutes, Hedderson went 9-of-13 from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. In nine contests this season, the sophomore guard is averaging 9.7 points per game and leads all starters with an 82.4 free throw percentage.
Northern Illinois: Megan Gregory (track and field, R-Fr., 3.0, business, Chicago, Ill.) In her first collegiate indoor competition Gregory broke a five-year old school record in the 60m Hurdles. She finished the race in a time of 8.95, placing her third in the event. She also competed in the 200m dash, finishing with a third-place time of 26.30.

Toledo: Naama Shafir (basketball, So., 3.60, pre-business, Hoshaya, Israel) averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game as the Rockets extended their winning streak to four games. Shafir helped UT rally from a 42-23 deficit and upset No. 20 Dayton on Wednesday . She scored a team-high 15 points, dished out five assists and made 9-of-11 free throws in the contest.
The 2009-10 All-MAC West Division squad honoree then had a solid all-around effort in Saturday's win over IPFW, finishing with a team-high 14 points, game-best eight helpers, seven boards and four steals. The Hoshaya, Israel native has scored in double figures and dished out at least five assists in a game six times this season.

Previous Female Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 11) Mary 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)
Week 15 (Dec. 18) Tavelyn James, EMU (basketball)