East Division Player of the Week
Rachel Tecca, Akron, So., F, Tallmadge, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban HS)
Rachel Tecca posted three straight double-doubles to lead the Zips to a 2-1 record last week. In all, the 2009-10 MAC Sixth Player of the Year averaged 18.7 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 50.0 percent (23-for-46) from the floor as UA earned victories against Robert Morris and Georgia Southern. Tecca scored a career-high 30 points - to go along with 12 rebounds and four steals - to lead UA to an 88-60 defeat of Colonials last Tuesday before posting a season-high 14 rebounds and 15 points in a 94-81 overtime win against the Eagles. The athletic post player capped off her big week with 11 points and 10 rebounds against SMU for her sixth double-double of her career.
West Division Player of the Week
Kaihla Szunko, Central Michigan, Sr., F, Saginaw, Mich./Heritage
Kaihla Szunko put up a pair of double-doubles last week, giving her five in six games this season, averaging 16.5 points and 12.0 rebounds during Northern Arizona's Thanksgiving Tournament. Szunko snared 13 offensive rebounds among her 24 caroms for the week, while also blocking two shots and snaring five steals. She shot 44.4 percent from the floor (12-for-27), including 1-for-1 from three, and a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. The Saginaw native finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Drake and 18 points and 13 rebounds against Binghamton. She earned all-tournament honors for her efforts.
Additional Nominees for Player of the Week
Emily Maggert, Ball State, Sr., F, Paris, Ill./Paris
Emily Maggert led all scorers offensively and defensively after a 19 point performance while bringing down 13 boards. Maggert's double-double performance was her 25th of her career and third of the season. With Maggert's 19-point performance she moved into eighth all-time on the Ball State women's basketball all-time scoring list with 1,349 career points passing former Cardinal Jaimie Lehotsky (1994-97) who had 1,346.
Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green, Sr., G/F, Plain City, Ohio (Jonathan Alder)
Led Bowling Green in scoring and rebounding as the Falcons went a perfect 3-0 on the week ... averaged 19.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game ... also led the Falcons in blocks (1.3 bpg) and was second in assists (2.3 apg) ... had a game-high 26 points in a win over Detroit, hitting four three-point field goals ... also had seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and no turnovers in that win ... vs. UALR, a team ranked third in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll at the time of the game, Prochaska had a double-double, with 23 points and 10 rebounds ... she set a school record by going a perfect 15-of-15 from the free-throw line vs. the Trojans ... then, had nine points and five rebounds in a 20-point win at Seattle in the championship game of SU's tournament ... was named the tournament MVP ... on the week, was 29-of-29 at the free-throw line ... she has made 43 consecutive FT attempts, the second-longest streak in BG history (two away from her own record).
Kourtney Brown, Buffalo, Sr., F, Solon, OH/Solon
Kourtney Brown had 25 points to lead the Bulls in their win over William & Mary as she moved into third place on UB's all-time scoring list. Brown averaged 9.5 rebounds over the the two games this past weekend, hitting double figures with 10 over Michigan. She added nine boards in the win over the Tribe.
Paige Redditt, Eastern Michigan, Jr., F, Kansas City, Mo. / Belton
Junior Paige Redditt lead the Eagles to a 66-41 victory Friday afternoon, Nov. 26, over Cornell University at the Convocation Center. Reddits was 5-of-7 from the floor to go alon with 6-of-9 from the charity stripe of 16 points. She also grabbed five rebounds and notched three blocks in 29 minutes of work.
Jamilah Humes, Kent State, Sr., G, Saginaw, Mich. / Arthur Hill
Humes put together an all-around week for Kent State, as the Golden Flashes went 3-0, including a pair of victories to claim the Great Alaska Shootout championship. Against Washington Nov. 23, Humes had 13 points to aid Kent State in its second-ever win over a Pac-10 foe. Then, less than 24 hours later in the championship game, Humes poured in 23 points with four assists and five steals to claim Great Alaska Shootout Tournament MVP honors. Sunday in Kent State's home opener against Marshall, Humes just missed a career-high with 10 assists to go with nine points in the team's victory.
Rachael Hencke, Miami, Jr., F/G, Grafton, Wis. (Grafton)
Rachael had a great shooting week as she averaged 12.0 points per game in two contests. She was very efficient with her shot, hitting .700 (7-for-10) from the field. She was perfect from the three point line and hit .889 (8-for-9) from the free throw line). Hencke recorded 11 points and three rebounds against Duquesne on Wednesday. She followed it up with 13 points two rebounds a block and a steal in the win against Stetson on Saturday.
Marke Freeman, Northern Illinois, G, RSr., Springfield, Ill. (Lanphier)
Freeman added two stellar performances to her résumé against Temple and Chicago State. Playing in the final game of a five-game season opening road trip, Freeman scored 21 points and added four rebounds and three assists in NIU's loss to the Owls. She hit 6-of-13 from the field, added two three-pointers and knocked down 7-of-8 three-pointers in the game. In Saturday's home opener, a 68-64 win against Chicago State, Freeman scored 24 points with six boards, three assists and a steal. Her efficiency from the field continued as she hit 8-of-13 shots, tallied three treys, and went 5-of-6 from the free throw line. For the week, Freeman scored 1.7 points per shot, an incredibly efficient scoring output.
Tenishia Benson, Ohio, Jr., G, Akron, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Benson had a solid all-around week while leading Ohio in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals in road games against Marshall and Youngstown State. The junior averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 steals. Benson opened the week scoring 11 points and pulling down a game-high eight rebounds against the Thundering Herd. She saved her best showing for last, scoring a team-high 16 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and a career-high 6 steals, which tied for ninth on the Bobcats' single-game records. She also finished the week shooting 43 percent from the field.
Lecretia Smith, Toledo, So., F, Elmhurst, IN (Fort Wayne Elmhurst)
Sophomore Lecretia Smith scored in double figures in two of the three games this past week, averaging 10.7 points, a team-high 8.0 rebounds, a squad-best 3.0 thefts and 1.3 assists in 30.0 minutes. Smith opened the week with nine points, seven boards and two steals in 28 minutes at Cleveland State on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Then on Saturday, Nov. 27 vs. UMBC at the Iona Thanksgiving Classic, the second-year Rocket totaled 10 points, seven caroms and a collegiate-best four thefts in 30 minutes. The following afternoon vs. the host Gaels, Smith tallied her first collegiate double-double with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in 32 minutes.
Brenna Banktson, Western Michigan, Sr., F, Frankfort, Mich./Frankfort
Brenna Banktson averaged 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals over three games this week. She led the Broncos in scoring in two of the three games and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic. Banktson pumped in 17 points against Morehead State, the most she's scored since her sophomore year.