Shafir and Brown Named MAC Women's Basketball Players of the Week

Updated 1/31/2011
East Division Player of the Week
Kourtney Brown, Buffalo, Sr., F, Solon, OH/Solon
Brown became UB's all-time leading scorer as she averaged 31.0 points and 13.5 rebounds on the week, while adding 4.5 blocks per contest. Brown had 33 points and 16 rebounds in a UB's win over Central Michigan as she became Buffalo's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. She also had six blocks in the win over the Chippewas. Brown followed that up with 29 points and 11 rebounds in Buffalo's win over Ball State. Brown continues to lead the MAC in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots.

West Division Player of the Week
Naama Shafir, Toledo, Jr., G, Guard, Hoshaya, Israel
Naama Shafir averaged a team-high 18.5 points, 2.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in a pair of victories against MAC East Division leaders Bowling Green and Kent State last week. Shafir shot 44.8 percent (13-of-29) from the field, including 33.3 percent (2-of-6) from three-point range, and 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the charity stripe in a squad-best 33.5 minutes to help the Rockets improve to a league-best 7-1 in MAC play. On Wednesday vs. the Falcons, she finished with a game-high 21 points and three helpers in 34 minutes. Three days later vs. the Golden Flashes, the 2009-10 second-team All-MAC honoree contributed a team-high 16 points, two dimes, two thefts and two boards in 33 minutes. In MAC contests, Shafir is now averaging a team-high 17.0 ppg and 4.5 apg, shooting 45.5 percent (46-of-101) from the floor, including a sizzling 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from beyond the arc, and 72.7 percent (32-of-44) from the free-throw line in 31.1 mpg.


Additional Nominees
Rachel Tecca, Akron, So., F, Tallmadge, Ohio (Hoban)
In two road games against MAC West foes, Akron sophomore Rachel Tecca turned in two of her best shooting performances of the season. In a win at Western Michigan, Tecca went 7-for-10 from the floor and scored 15 points to help the Zips past the Broncos. She followed that up with a 10-for-13 performance at Central Michigan, leading UA with 21 points and seven rebounds in a hard-fought loss to the Chippewas. Tecca has now scored in double figures in all but two games this season and is one of only two players ranked in the top-five in the league in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage.

Emily Maggert, Ball State, Sr., F, Paris, Ill.(Paris)
Ball State's senior forward Emily Maggert tallied her 29th career double-double to lead the Cardinals to a 66-49 win over Miami University Wednesday night in Worthen Arena. With the victory, Ball State improved to 9-11 overall and 4-3 in the Mid-American Conference. Maggert scored 19 points while pulling down 15 rebounds. Maggert chipped in 19 points at Buffalo which included 3-for-4 shooting from the three point line.

Jen Uhl, Bowling Green, Sr., F, Wadsworth, Ohio (Wadsworth)
Led the Falcons in scoring and rebounding last week, averaging 12.5 points and 8.5 boards per game ... shot 56.3 percent from the field (9-of-16), and shot an even 50% (3-of-6) from three-point land ... tied her season high with 17 points against Toledo, going 3-of-4 from beyond the arc ... had eight points and a season-high 12 rebounds in the Western Michigan game ... on the year, is averaging 8.4 ppg and 5.5 rpg.

Kaihla Szunko, Central Michigan, Sr., F, Saginaw, Mich. (Heritage HS)
Kaihla Szunko averaged a double-double in two games last week, putting up 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in a pair of Mid-American Conference contests. The senior forward scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, grabbed eight boards and swiped three steals against the Bulls and followed up the effort with a 25 point, 13 rebound effort on 8-of-12 from the floor against the Zips. The senior forward moved into 12th on CMU's all-time scoring chart and fourth on its all-time rebounding chart during the week. and is now shooting 58 percent from the field in MAC play.

Cassie Schrock, Eastern Michigan, Sr., G, Wadsworth,Ohio / Wadsworth
Cassie Schrock has another exceptional week for the Eagles, as they went 2-0 in Mid-American Conference games versus Ohio, Jan. 26, and at Miami, Jan. 29. The Wadsworth, Ohio native averaged 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 36.5 minutes per game. Schrock accounted for 31.6 percent of the team's assists (12), 29 percent of its free throws (10), 22.7 percent of its rebounds (15) and 15.3 percent of its points (24). Versus Miami, she posted 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the 72-62 victory, Against Ohio, Schrock finished with six points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the blowout 85-40 win. She did not attempt a free-throw versus the Bobcats, snapping a streak of 21 consecutive contests with at least one attempt. EMU's career leader in both free throws made and attempted, Schrock has just eight games in her career without a trip to the charity stripe.

Taisja Jones, Kent State, Sr., F, Dallas, Texas (Grayson C.C.)
Taisja Jones poured in a career-best 36 points - 10 points more than her previous career-high - in Kent State's overtime win over Northern Illinois Jan. 26. Jones scored 18 of Kent State's last 20 points in the game to help seal the victory. Her 36 points was 64 percent of the team's offensive output in the win. Then, against MAC-West leading Toledo Jan. 29, Jones tied for the game-high in scoring with 16 points. Jones shot 54.8 percent from the field on the week, including 4-of-9 from three-point range.

Courtney Osborn, Miami, So., G, Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)
Courtney was Miami's leading scorer for the week averaging 19.0 points per game. She also averaged 4 rebounds and led the team with an average of 3.5 assists per game. Against Ball State on Wednesday, Courtney led Miami with 22 points and five rebounds. She continued her strong play on Saturday against Eastern Michigan, finishing with 16 points and a team high six assists. She also had four steals during the week.

Marke Freeman, Northern Illinois, Sr., G, Springfield, Ill. (Lanphier)
At 5-foot-5, had a career-high 17 rebounds and led the Huskies with 23 points in the 56-48 win at Ohio... averaged 18.0 points, 9.5 boards and 3.0 assists per game for the week... went 6-of-12 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line against the Bobcats... scored 13 points in a slow-paced game at Kent State on 5-of-11 shooting... added two rebounds and four assists... for the week shot 47.8 percent from the field and 92.3 percent on free throws.

Brenna Banktson, Western Michigan, Sr., F, Frankfort, Mich. (Frankfort)
Brenna Banktson helped lead Western Michigan to one of the biggest upsets of the year, as Western Michigan toppled Bowling Green Saturday, 66-55. It was the Broncos' first double digit win since Dec. 29, 2009 and WMU's first win over BGSU in Kalamazoo since Jan. 29, 2003. The senior forward scored a game-high 19 points, knocking down four three's. Twelve of her 19 points were in the second half, as WMU battled back from a 13 point halftime deficit. Her four three's moved her into the top five all-time at Western Michigan for career triples. Banktson hit another milestone Wednesday against Akron, scoring her 1,000th career point, to become WMU's 22nd player to do so. She entered the game needing seven points, and checked out with seven points and four rebounds.