East Division Player of the Week
Courtney Osborn, Miami, G, So., Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)
Courtney had an incredible week as she scored a total of 75 points in three wins against top competition for Miami. She shot .636 for the week (28-for-44), including .556 from three-point range (10-for-18). She was a huge distributor, averaging five assists per game. She also led the RedHawks with seven steals. Osborn started the week by leading the team with 26 points against Marshall on Monday. In Miami's win at Indiana on Thursday, she once again put in 26 points. Despite little rest in the first two games, she followed that up with 23 points in the 101-92 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday.
West Division Player of the Week
Naama Shafir, Toledo, G, Jr., Hoshaya, Israel (Ulpanit Tiberias)
Junior Naama Shafir averaged 11.5 points, a team-high 7.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 31.5 minutes over two games last week, helping Toledo to home wins over Oakland and Indiana. In Friday's contest vs. the Golden Grizzlies, Shafir finished with 10 points, a game-high five helpers and four caroms in 29 minutes. Two days later vs. the Hoosiers, she tallied a team-best 13 points, a season-high nine assists, five boards and three steals in 34 minutes. Shafir has led the Rockets in helpers in each of the first 10 games this season and now ranks fifth in school history with 428 assists.
Rachel Tecca, Akron, F, So., Tallmadge, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban HS)
Akron sophomore forward Rachel Tecca recorded her fourth double-double of the young season on Saturday with 28 points and 13 boards while leading the Zips to a 73-64 win over Cleveland State. From the floor, Tecca finished 11 of 18 (.611), including two crucial lay-ups down the stretch, and added three steals. UA is the first MAC team to defeat the Vikings this season, as CSU was 3-0 against the conference coming into Rhodes Arena. Tecca helped Akron improve to 5-4, while CSU suffered just its second loss of the year.
Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green, G/F, Sr., Plain City, Ohio (Jonathan Alder)
Led BGSU in scoring and rebounding as the Falcons won a pair of games on the road ... averaged 20.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in wins over Western Kentucky and Austin Peay ... shot a team-best 50.0 percent from the field, and also hit 50% of her three-point tries in the two wins ... averaged four three-pointers per game ... scored 18 points in the win at WKU ... in that game, went 6-for-6 at the free-throw line, increasing her streak of consecutive FTM to 67, a new NCAA Division-I record ... then, at APSU, had 22 points, tying her career best with six three-pointers made ... was 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, including 5-of-6 in the second half alone ... on the season, is averaging 20.3 points and 6.6 rebounds, leading the team in both categories ... she also paces the Falcons in three-point field goals made (28), and leads the nation in free-throw pct. ... Prochaska is 75-of-76 (98.7%) from the line this year.
Kourtney Brown, Buffalo. F, Sr., Solon, OH
Kourtney Brown averaged a double-double for the week with 17.0 points and 11.5 rebounds. Brown had a double-double in the first half against Duquesne as she has 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. The double-double was the 34th of Brown's career. Against St. Bonaventure, Brown managed to finish with 17 points, despite having just two in the first half. She leads the Bulls in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots.
Kaihla Szunko, Central Michigan, F, Sr., Saginaw, Mich./Heritage
Kaihla Szunko put together her seventh double-double in nine games this season with 13 points and 14 rebounds at Northwestern (RV). The senior forward was one of six Chippewas in double-figures and paced CMU in boards in 38 minutes. She also added two steals and a block in the contest. The Saginaw native now had 30 career double-doubles.
Paige Redditt, Eastern Michigan, F, Jr., Kansas City, Mo. / Belton
Junior Paige Redditt turned in a solid week for the Eagles, averaging 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and a 45.8 percent field goal clip in 28.7 minutes of work. Against No. 21 Green Bay, Redditt was 5-for-9 from the floor for a team-best 12 points to go along with nine rebounds. Versus Detroit, she led the Eagles with 15 points, including 5-of-6 from the charity strip, plus seven caroms. Foul trouble plagued Redditt versus Detroit, as she managed only three points and two rebounds in 16 minutes of work.
Jamilah Humes, Kent State, Sr., G, Saginaw, Mich.
Humes led Kent State with 28 points, six assists and four steals in a 0-1 week for Kent State. Humes shot 13-of-23 from the field in 33 minutes of work..
Taylor Manley, Western Michigan, G, Sr., Belleville, Mich. (Belleville)
Taylor Manley led WMU in scoring this past week, averaging 17.0 points per game over three games. Manley was the team's leading scorer in two of the three games. Tuesday against Southeast Missouri State, Manley dropped in 24 points, one short of her career high. She finished with 11 points against No. 15/20 Michigan State and pumped in 16 in a win over Youngstown State. Manley hit the three to send the game into overtime against YSU, as the Broncos completed a 24-point second half comeback, winning in overtime. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Broncos.