West Division Player of the Week
Brandie Baker, Central Michigan, So., G, Flint, Mich./Hamady
Brandie Baker put together the first triple-double in CMU basketball history (men's or women's) against North Carolina A&T, the three-time defending MEAC champions, with 12 points, 10 rebounds and a program record 12 assists in her first game since March of 2009 after a knee injury forced her to miss all of the 2009-10 season. The talented point guard followed up the record-setting effort with a 17 point,eight rebound, five assist day against Belmont in the championship game of the Winthrop Classic. CMU took the tournament title, scoring a school record 119 points in the first round and following it up with a 102 point effort.
East Division Player of the Week
Maggie Boyer, Miami, Jr., G, Lebanon, Ind. (Lebanon)
Maggie Boyer showed no fear against No. 9 Kentucky, leading the RedHawks to a very competitive showing. She led the team with 19 points and three assists in 35 minutes of action. Maggie hit two big three-pointers and also had five free throws and a steal.
Additional Nominees for Player of the Week
Emily Maggert, Ball State, Sr., F, Parils, Ill./Paris
Maggert earned her 23rd double-double of her career in the Cardinals 64-63 victory over Wright State Sunday. Maggert led Ball State with 20 points and 14 rebounds. The 14 rebound performance moved Maggert into sixth place in the Ball State women's basketball record books for all-time rebounds with 710 passing former Cardinal Porchia Green. Maggert also chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds in the Cardinals season opener against Big Ten foe Indiana.
Kourtney Brown, Buffalo, Sr., F, Solon, OH/Solon
Kourtney Brown recorded her seventh consecutive double-double dating back to last season with 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 86-63 win over Howard. Brown also had two assists, two block and two steals as she led the Bulls in both scoring and rebounding.
Tavelyn James , Eastern Michigan, Jr., G, Detroit, Mich.-Mumford
James opened the 2010-11 season right where she left off in 2009-10, averaging 17.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 rebounds in 28.5 minutes of work. She also chipped in five steals and three assists on the weekend. Versus No. 7/7 Ohio State, James finished with a team-best 18 points, including going 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. In the season-open against Loyola, the Detroit native poured in 16 points as the Eagles rolled to the 82-64 victory.
Jamilah Humes, Kent State, Sr., G, Saginaw, Mich. (Arthur Hill)
Humes led Kent State in the scoring column in the Golden Flashes' non-conference win over Canisius Nov. 12. Humes shot 6-of-11 from the field and nabbed three steals along with 13 points and four rebounds in 28 minutes of work.
Tenishia Benson, Ohio, G, R-Jr., Akron, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Benson got her season off to a strong start, scoring a game-high 16 points while tying for game-high honors with eight rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass, in her Ohio debut against BIG EAST foe Louisville Sunday. The junior transfer knocked also knocked down 10 free throws in the game and dished out two assists in 31 minutes of play.
Brenna Banktson, Western Michigan, Sr., G, Frankfort, Mich./Frankfort
Brenna Banktson led Western Michigan to a 57-55 win over Eastern Illinois in the Broncos home-opener. Banktson recorded her second career double-double and first since her freshman year, tallying 11 points and recording a game-high 11 rebounds.