East Division Player of the Week
Kourtney Brown, Buffalo, Sr., F, Solon, OH (Solon)
Kourtney Brown finished with 25.0 points and 14.3 rebounds during UB's three games this past week. Brown had a career-high 34 points against Cleveland State and then finished with a season-best 18 rebounds against Temple. She also added 12 blocks over the three games, breaking UB's all-time career record blocked shots. Brown had nine straight double-doubles, before finishing with 24 points and nine rebounds in UB's win over Bucknell. Through the first four games of the season, Brown is averaging 24.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game.
West Division Player of the Week
Taylor Johnson, Central Michigan, Fr., F, Belding, Mich./Belding
Taylor Johnson finished with a pair of double-doubles off the bench at the Hawkeye Classic as the Chippewas advanced to the championship game and gave No. 22 Iowa all it could handle. The freshman forward finished with 14 points and 14 boards with three assists, two steals and a block on 6-for-12 shooting against Northern Colorado for her first career double-double. She followed it up with her second, pouring in 13 points and snaring 10 boards with an assist, block and steal.
Addtional Nominees for Player of the Week
Emily Maggert, Ball State, Sr., F, Paris, Ill./Paris
Maggert earned her 24th double-double of her career after leading the Cardinals with 19 points and 12 rebounds at Detroit Mercy Tuesday. She then chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds in the Cardinals in-state rival victory over Evansville Saturday. Maggert currently averages a double-double per game. For the week Maggert shot over 66 percent from behind the arc. She pulled down 11 offensive and 10 defensive rebounds in Ball State's two contests last week.
Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green, Sr., G/F, Plain City, Ohio (Jonathan Alder)
Averaged 18.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as the Falcons went 3-0 last week ... BGSU won the three games -- vs Creighton, Youngstown State and Oakland -- by an average of 35.3 points ... led the Falcons in scoring and rebounding, and also paced BGSU in steals (2.0 spg) on the week ... tied for the team assists lead (3.3 apg) ... had 21 points and seven rebounds in the win over Creighton, then had a double-double vs. Youngstown State ... in that YSU game, had 24 points and 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes ... against Oakland, had 11 points -- all in the first half -- along with five rebounds and six assists ... tied her career best in assists ... scored the first six points of the game, including a three-pointer just four seconds in, then assisted on two-straight three-pointers by teammates as BG built a 12-2 lead ... now has a career total of 1,772 points, ranking third in school history ... on the season, is averaging 18.3 ppg and 7.8 rpg ... leads BG in scoring, rebounding and steals (2.0 spg), and is second in assists (3.0 apg) ... has made 22-of-23 free-throw attempts this year (95.7%).
Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan, Jr., G, Detroit, Mich. / Mumford
Junior Tavelyn James helped the Eagles to a 2-1 weekend at the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic hosted by the University of Hawai'i at the Stan Sheriff Center, Nov. 19-21. James averaged 17.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 25.3 minutes of play. Her best game came in the team's 79-68 victory over Cal State Northridge, when she poured in 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting. The Detroit native also notched 21 points in the 83-67 domination of the host Rainbows.
Taisja Jones, Kent State, Sr., F, Dallas, Texas (Centennial)
Jones led Kent State offensively in its 18-point win at Northeastern Nov. 16. The senior forward shot 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line to tally 16 points. She also nabbed a career-best six steals in the win.
Kirsten Olowinski, Miami, So., F, Erie, Pa. (Mercyhurst Prep)
Kirsten had a dominating week as she averaged 14.0 points and 13.0 rebounds in two games. She couldn't miss as she shot .733 combined in those two contests (11-for-15), and was perfect on her three pointers. Perhaps more importantly she was a force on the boards, taking in double-digit rebounds in each game. In the win against Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday, Kirsten recorded a double-double with a team leading 19 points and 14 rebounds. Against an athletic Miami (Fla.) squad, she just missed out on her second consecutive double-double, scoring nine points and bringing in 12 rebounds. Kirsten also had three steals, four assists and two blocks on the week.
Tenishia Benson, Ohio, Jr., G, Akron, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Benson continued her strong start in an Ohio uniform, tallying a game-high 19 points and pulling down a team-best seven rebounds to go with three assists while helping lead Ohio to a convincing 62-45 win over Memphis Saturday. The Akron native converted on 7-of-8 attempts from the field while also grabbing a steal in 36 minutes of play. She leads Ohio in both scoring and rebounding through its first two games, averaging 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Naama Shafir, Toledo, Jr., G, Hoshaya, Israel (Ulpanit Tiberias)
Junior Naama Shafir is averaging team highs in points (18.7 ppg), assists (5.7 rpg), steals (2.0 spg) and minutes played (32.3 mpg) in the first three games in 2010-11. Shafir has scored double figures in every contest, including 12 points, five boards, a game-high five helpers and three thefts vs. Missouri State in the consolation finals of the Preseason WNIT on Saturday, Nov. 20. Shafir preceded that performance against the Lady Bears with 23 points, six assists and five caroms at Purdue last Monday, Nov. 15. The 2010-11 preseason All-MAC West Division team selection has now scored double digits in a career-high nine-consecutive games, dating back to last season.
Ebony Cleary, Western Michigan, Sr., F, Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King
Senior Ebony Cleary averaged a solid double-double in two games last week, producing 17.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Against Loyola-Chicago, Cleary recorded a game-high 20 points and 18 rebounds for the 10th double-double of her career. The 18 rebounds tied as the fourth highest total in a game in WMU history. It was also the most rebounds recorded since the 2006-07 season. On the road at Detroit Friday, Cleary amassed 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. She has scored in double figures in all three of Western Michigan's games this season.