Miami's Ensminger and Ball State's Sallee Named MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week

Updated 11/29/1999
CLEVELAND, OH -- Miami's Mike Ensminger (men's basketball) and Ball State's Emily Sallee (volleyball) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on November 29, 1999.

Ensminger (Jr., 3.80, political science, Cincinnati, Ohio) posted career-best totals in points, assists and blocked shots to lift Miami to its first win of the season in a 75-59 triumph over IUPUI. He doubled his previous career high with 14 points for the game. He also notched five assists (as a forward), two blocked shots, eight rebounds and one steal.

Sallee (Jr., 3.71, elementary education, Muncie, Ind.) set a pair of Mid-American Conference records as she led Ball State to the league tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth. She dished out 75 assists in a three-game sweep over Western Michigan in the championship match. That total marked a MAC record for assists in a match and ties for fourth on the NCAA Division I list. Sallee also set the MAC season record with 1,802 assists for 1999, which ranks ninth in NCAA Division I volleyball history. The old MAC standard was 1,755, set by Miami's Kathy Whalen in 1991.

The 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.

Other Nominees:

Akron: Michelle Rizzo (women's cross country, So., 3.25, business, Painesville, Ohio) was the top MAC finisher at last week's NCAA Cross Country Championship, placing 38th. She finished 27th among American runners, becoming Akron's first cross country All-American.

Bowling Green: Angie Farmer (women's basketball, Jr., 3.87, education/social studies, Wayland, Mich.) averaged 17.7 points and 4.3 rebounds off the bench as the Falcons won two of three games last week. She was named to the all-tournament team at Montana State's GranTree Inn Classic. Farmer tied her own school record by making seven three-pointers in a loss to Mississippi. She also tied her career-highs for both points (21) and rebounds (six) in that game. She scored 20 points, including five three-pointers in a win over Morehead State. Earlier in the week, she recorded 12 points in a home win over St. Bonaventure. For the week, Farmer shot .567 (17-of-30) and was 13-of-23 (.565) from three-point land averaging just 22.7 minutes per game.

Central Michigan: David Webber (men's basketball, So., 3.15, secondary education, Farmington Hills, Mich.) helped lead CMU to wins over Wright State and Illinois-Chicago with career-highs in both games. He scored a career-high 26 points in the win over UIC and recorded his first double-double with 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds against Wright State. Jodi Culbertson (women's basketball, Sr., 3.29, corporate finance, Ft. Wayne, Ind.) was named to the all-tournament team at the SMU Hoops for the Cure Tournament in Dallas, Texas. She scored a career-high 15 points against George Washington and recorded 12 points and eight assists in a win over Texas Southern. Culbertson hit seven three-pointers on the weekend, including five versus George Washington. She has 11 treys to her credit this season after hitting just 16 for the entire 1998-99 season.

Kent: Trevor Huffman (men's basketball, So., 3.10, educational studies, Petoskey, Mich.) scored 12 points and recorded a career-high nine assists in Kent's season-opening 78-56 win over Youngstown State. Julie Studer (women's basketball, Jr., 3.33, exercise physiology, Mansfield, Ohio) averaged 16.0 points and 5.0 records in Kent's two games at the Auburn Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 26-27. Studer scored 11 points in 16 minutes in a 72-56 loss to No. 11 Auburn. She also had a double-double in Kent's 83-66 victory over Alabama State.

Ohio: Cathy Szall (women's basketball, So., 3.19, engineering, Columbus, Ohio) made the game-winning basket in Ohio's 70-69 win over UNC-Wilmington. She took the ball on an inbounds play near halfcourt and dribbled down the right side of the court for a lay-up with just four seconds remaining in the game. Szall finished the game with 15 points, four rebounds and two steals. Against Princeton, she scored 12 points and had two steals.


Previous Winners Female
Week 1 (Sept. 7)     Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball)
Week 2 (Sept. 13)    Jennifer Mitchell, CMU (volleyball)
                     Kerri Schoultz, BSU (field hockey)
Week 3 (Sept. 20)    Kim Branam, Akron (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 27)    Jocelyn Teall, BSU (field hockey)
Week 5 (Oct. 5)      Alissia Thompson, MIA (volleyball)
Week 6 (Oct. 11)     Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey)
Week 7 (Oct. 19)     Heather Fueger, Ohio (women's golf)
Week 8 (Oct. 25)     Courtney Seyferth, Miami (field hockey)
Week 9 (Nov. 2)      Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey)
Week 10 (Nov. 9)     Carrie Patterson, Kent (volleyball)
Week 11 (Nov. 15)    Katie Mullen, Ohio (volleyball)
Week 12 (Nov. 23)    Tennille Hileski, CMU (volleyball)
Week 13 (Nov. 29)    Emily Sallee, BSU (volleyball)

Previous Winners Male
Week 1 (Sept. 7)     Chad Pennington, Marshall (football)
Week 2 (Sept. 13)    Blake McDowell, EMU (cross country)
Week 3 (Sept. 20)    Jason Strasser, BGSU (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 27)    Tim Lester, WMU (football)
Week 5 (Oct. 5)      Tim Rice, Toledo (men's golf)
Week 6 (Oct. 11)     Ty Fowler, BGSU (men's soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 19)     Scott Niles, WMU (football)
Week 8 (Oct. 25)     Zac Derr, Akron (football)
Week 9 (Nov. 2)      Jon Eaton, Akron (football)
Week 10 (Nov. 9)     Brian Billips, Ohio (diving)
Week 11 (Nov. 15)    Karoly Bozan, Kent (cross country)
Week 12 (Nov. 23)    Andy Brumbergs, Miami (football)
Week 13 (Nov. 29)    Mike Ensminger, Miami (basketball)