Buffalo's Bell and Miami's Ensminger Named MAC Scholar Athletes

Updated 12/12/2000
CLEVELAND, OH (Dec. 12) -- Miami's Mike Ensminger (men's basketball) and Buffalo's Tiffany Bell (women's basketball) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on December 12, 2000.

Tiffany Bell, Buffalo

Bell (Sr., 3.15, nursing, Alexandria, Va.) averaged 22 points and six rebounds to lead the Bulls to a pair of wins including UB's first win in school history at Youngstown State. Against St. Bonaventure, Bell was a perfect 11-of-11 from the field scoring 24 points while against Youngstown State she tied her career high with four steals to go along with her 20 point, seven rebound effort.

Ensminger (Sr., 3.81, political science, Cincinnati, Ohio) sparked Miami with a team-best 16-point, 10-rebound performance in a 73-64 upset of No. 10 Notre Dame last weekend, the second Top 15 foe the RedHawks have knocked off in two weeks. This marked Miamis third straight win over Notre Dame. For the week, Ensminger averaged a double-double of 10 ppg and 10.5 rpg. His 10 boards against the Fighting Irish led all rebounders and paced Miami in a 44-26 dominance of Notre Dame on the boards. Going 7-for-11 from the field, Ensminger led all players in shooting percentage (.636). He also went 2-for-2 from the free throw line, dished out three assists and batted down a block. Ensminger drew a tough defensive assignment, guarding Irish All-American Troy Murphy. He helped contain Murphy, holding him under his season averages in points and rebounds. Earlier in the week, Ensminger again led all rebounders with 11 boards against Dayton. The previously ranked Flyers edged Miami 55-54. Ensminger added four points, an assist, a steal and a block against Dayton.

Mike Ensminger, Miami

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 one of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Female Nominees:

Ball State: Amy Zercher (basketball, So., 3.70, criminal justice, Nappanee, Ind.) scored 26 points and grabbed an impressive 20 rebounds in BSU's contests last week. The rebounding total is impressive considering the fact that Zercher stands just 5-foot-10. Against IUPUI last week, Zercher sizzled for 18 points and 10 rebounds, while adding eight points and another 10 caroms at Indiana State.

Central Michigan: Alicia Rozak (basketball, Jr., 3.27, math education, Sterling Heights, Mich.) scored a career-high 26 points against Detroit on Saturday. She shot 5-of-7 (.714) from three-point land and was 10-for-20 (.500) from the field. The effort raised her scoring average from 6.5 points per game to 9.3 ppg. Her four rebounds and two steals were season highs.

Kent State: Julie Studer (basketball, 3.48, physical education, Mansfield, Ohio) had 18 points and eight rebounds in a 70-62 loss to Duquense on Dec. 6. She had a season-high 22 points and seven rebounds in a 100-63 win over Youngstown State on Dec. 9.

Toledo: Courtney Risinger (basketball, Jr., 3.78, accounting, Terre Haute, Ind.) averaged 16.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals to help the Rockets to 2-1 record. UT defeated Indiana State 88-67 before losing to Idaho, 66-65, and then defeating Washington State, 77-61. Risinger was named to all-tournament team at Washington State Cougar Shootout. She scored 21 points in ISU victory and 16 in WSU win.

Male Nominees:

Buffalo: Ryan Bentley (wrestling, Jr., 3.16, accounting, Ripley, N.Y.) went 3-0 in his weight class at Binghamton Duals to lead Bulls to an overall championship as UB defeated Sacred Heart, Columbia and Drexel. Bentley is currently 11-2 on the season with a 2-0 MAC record. He has also pinned three opponents this season and finished first at 141 at the Bloomsburg Open with a 4-0 mark.

Central Michigan: David Webber (basketball, Jr., 3.10, English/secondary education, Farmington Hills, Mich.) averaged 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists last week as CMU went 1-1 with a home win over Northern Iowa and a road loss at Loyola-Chicago. He is now within 100 points of reaching the 1,000 career point plateau.

Kent State: Trevor Huffman (basketball, Jr., 3.03, integrated language arts, Petoskey, Mich.) averaged 17.0 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in wins over Youngstown State (76-55) Dec. 6 and Wisconsin-Green Bay (64-47) Dec. 9. Huffman scored 19 points against the Penguins and 15 versus the Phoenix. He also had two steals and a block.

Toledo: Mark Glenn (swimming & diving, So., 3.50, computer science in engineering, Palatine, Ill.) posted two first-place finishes in the Rockets' 72-23 victory at Butler last Monday. He won the 200 IM (2:01.29) and 200 Butterfly (2:00.06) for the Rockets.

Previous Winners Female
Week 1 (9/5) Ashlie Case, UA (volleyball)
Week 2 (9/11) Julie Zylka, BSU (volleyball)
Week 3 (9/19) Sara Schaub, EMU (volleyball)
Week 4 (9/26) Erika Flanders, BGSU (soccer)
Week 5 (10/3) Amber Vorst, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 6 (10/10) Jacki Waller, Ohio (cross country)
Week 7 (10/17) Kristin Gamby, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 8 (10/24) Colleen Conway, BSU (field hockey)
Week 9 (10/31) Beth Young, MIA (field hockey)
Week 10 (11/7) Emily Bresser, Ohio (swimming)
Week 11 (11/14) Cassie Eakins, MIA (diving)
Week 12 (11/21) Mari McClure, UB (basketball)
Week 13 (11/28) Heather Cusick, MIA (basketball)
Week 14 (12/5) Shani Charles, EMU (basketball)
Week 15 (12/12) Tiffany Bell, UB (basketball)

Previous Winners Male
Week 1 (9/5) Jim Harding, UT (football)
Week 2 (9/11) Eddie Tillitz, MIA (football)
Week 3 (9/19) Todd France, UT (football)
Week 4 (9/26) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)
Week 5 (10/3) Brian Godsey, MIA (cross country)
Zac Derr, UA (football)
Week 6 (10/10) Kevin Kornowa, UT (golf)
Week 7 (10/17) Kevin Kornowa, UT (golf)
Week 8 (10/24) rjan Bjnes, UA (soccer)
Week 9 (10/31) Karoly Bozan, KSU (cross country)
Week 10 (11/7) Brian Potter, MIA (football)
Week 11 (11/14) Blake McDowell, EMU (cross country)
Week 12 (11/21) Rich Allendorf, MIA (basketball)
Week 13 (11/28) Jon Sanderson, OH (basketball)
Week 14 (12/5) Greg Stempin, UT (basketball)
Week 15 (12/12) Mike Ensminger, MIA (basketball)