Northern Illinois' Lux and Miami's Stewart Named MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week

Updated 1/24/2000
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.

Female Nominees:

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 team (3:37.25).

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)