CLEVELAND, OH (January 24, 2000) -- Northern Illinois' T.J. Lux (men's basketball) and Miami's
Jamie Stewart (women's basketball) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes
of the Week on January 24, 2000.
Lux (Grad., 3.85 , institutional curriculum and supervision,
Merrillville, Ind.) averaged 26.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocked
shots and 1.5 steals for the Huskies, who remained in a first-place tie
in the MAC West with a 92-74 win over Marshall. In that game, Lux made
13-of-26 field goals and 10-of-11 free throws for a career-high 36
points to go along with a career-best 20 rebounds (11 offensive) and
three blocks. Lux's double-double was the 52nd of his career and he
moved into third place on NIU's all-time scoring chart (1,779) and
second on the Huskies' all-time rebounding list (996).
Stewart (Sr., 3.46, mass communication, Rushville, Ind.) set a Miami
men's and women's record with nine three-pointers in a 100-69 win over
Bowling Green. Her mark was also a MAC record for a single game and
ranks second nationally this season. She scored a career-high 29 points
in the win. She hit four three-pointers in a narrow loss at Central
Michigan, in which she led Miami with 16 points. For the week, Stewart
was 13-of-26 (.500) from three-point range.
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.
Akron: Abby Hoy (women's basketball, Sr., 3.02, sports medicine,
Williamsburg, Pa.) became Akron's all-time assist leader in Wednesday's
game at Toledo. Her eight assists gave her 398 for her career,
surpassing Diane Hollish's mark of 392 (1984-88). Hoy averaged 7.0
points and 6.0 assists per game last week. She is just 65 points away
from reaching 1,000 for her career.
Buffalo: Sonia Ortega (women's basketball, Sr., 3.30, art, Chihuahua,
Mexico) averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds, 4.5 steals, 8.5 assists and
40.5 minutes per game as Buffalo defeated Eastern Michigan (66-61, OT)
and Akron last week. She had career-high 13 assists against EMU and a
double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds at Akron.
Central Michigan: Jodi Culbertson (women's basketball, Sr., 3.33,
corporate finance, Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored a career-high 25 points
against Miami, including 22 in the second half. She hit fi ve three
pointers in the game and was eight-for-eight from the foul line.
Culbertson also had 11 points against Marshall as CMU was 2-0 on the
week. She averaged 18.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the
two games. Culbertson has hit 50 treys on the season and needs just six
more to set a school record.
Kent: Dawn Zerman (women's basketball, Sr., 3.13, marketing, Fremont,
Ohio) scored a career-high 33 points in Kent's 106-84 win against
Bowling Green on Monday, Jan. 17. It was her second consecutive game
with 30-or-more points. She registered her second double-double in a
three-game span with 20 points and season-high 10 rebounds in Kent's
75-70 win over Western Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 22.
Ohio: Kim van Selm (women's swimming and diving, So., 3.22, undecided,
Durban, South Africa) won three events at Eastern Michigan. She won the
500 freestyle (5:01.99), 200 freestyle (1:52.42) and helped her team to
the title in the 400 freestyle relay.
Toledo: Yvette Victor (women's swimming and diving, Jr., 3.58,
education, Brits, South Africa) placed first in two races against Miami
and Akron. She won the 50 and 100 free with times of 24.40 and 53.05,
respectively. She was also a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay
Western Michigan: Lori Gerhardt (gymnastics, Sr., 3.06, elementary
education, Warren, Mich.) claimed first place on the vault (9.725) and
beam (9.675) and finished second on the bars (9.700) en route to a
first-place finish all-around (38.575) at the Huskie Triangular. She
led the Broncos to the meet title. Her marks on the vault and
all-around were career-bests as well.
Other Male Nominees:
Buffalo: Mike Garofalo (wrestling, Sr., 3.40, management, Sharpsville,
Pa.) won the heavyweight title at the New York State Collegiates,
helping the Bulls to a second-place finish overall out of 24 teams.
Ohio: Brian Billips (men's swimming and diving, Sr., 3.75, sports
industry, Pickerington, Ohio) took first place in the three-meter diving
event against Eastern Michigan.
Toledo: Chad Kamstra (men's basketball, Sr., 3.60, accounting,
Cincinnati, Ohio) averaged 18.0 points per game in Toledo's two games
last week. He shot 9-of-20 from three-point range and collected five
rebounds and three assists. He was 6-of-13 in three-point goals against
EMU on Saturday, Jan. 22.
Western Michigan: Dale Cowper (men's indoor track and field, So., 3.60,
elementary education, Marlette, Mich.) was a double winner for the
second week in a row, scoring 18 points to lead WMU past Michigan State
and Ball State. Cowper captured first place honors in the weight throw
and shot put. His effort in the weight throw made him the fourth-best
performer in that event at WMU.
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)
Week 14 (Dec. 6) Emily Bresser, Ohio (swimming)
Week 15 (Dec. 13) Erinn Hitch, BSU (swimming)
Week 16 (Jan. 10) Tara Perrier, Buffalo (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 19) Laura Szczepanski, BSU (gymnastics)
Week 18 (Jan. 24) Jamie Stewart, Miami (basketball)
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)
Week 14 (Dec. 6) Demetric Shaw, Kent (basketball)
Week 15 (Dec. 13) Dan Hickey, Buffalo (swimming)
Week 16 (Jan. 10) Brian Baughman, Kent (wrestling)
Week 17 (Jan. 19) Jason Grunkemeyer, Miami (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 24) T.J. Lux, NIU (basketball)