MAC Announces Women's Scholar Athlete of the Week

Updated 3/22/2010
Lauren Prochaska (Jr., 3.27, sport management, Plain City, Ohio) was named the MAC Tournament MVP as BGSU won three games to capture the tourney title ... averaged 20.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in wins over Miami (quarterfinals), Akron (semifinals) and Toledo (championship game) ... shot .488 from the field, including a 9-of-19 (.474) effort from three-point range ... extended her school-record three-point totals to 89 made this season and 238 in her career ... scored 15 points in the Miami game and 17 in the win over Akron ... then, had a season-high 29 points in the championship game vs. UT, adding seven rebounds ... was 12-of-14 (.857) from the free-throw line in the three games ... on the season, is averaging 17.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game ... BGSU is 27-6 overall, and the Falcons finished MAC regular-season play with a 14-2 league mark.

Erin Grigg (Sr., 3.98, exercise science, North Bay, Ontario) helped the Eagles finish atop the field at the 2010 Eagle Invitational, March 13, carding scores of 9.700 (uneven parallel bars), 9.675 (floor exercise), and 9.525 (vault). Her 9.700 on the bars was good for third place in the competition. EMU finished first overall at the Eagle Invitational with a team score of 192.17, besting Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Seattle Pacific.

The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Other Female Nominees:
Meili Carpenter (swimming & diving, Sr., 3.77, chemistry/psychology, Boulder, Co.) earned her third consecutive trip to the NCAA National Swimming and Diving Championships with her victory on the one-meter board at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships. Carpenter, remained undefeated in one-meter competition, scoring 626.20 points for her 12 dives, winning by seven points. Carpenter also finished second on the three-meter and fifth in the platform event and will compete in all three disciplines at this weekend's NCAA meet.

Central Michigan: Molly Coldren (softball, So., 3.51, language arts, West Bloomfield, Mich.) batted .313 and had an on-base percentage of .421 to help lead the Chippewas to a 4-1 record last week, including the 1,000th win in program history. Coldren was 5-for-16 at the plate with three doubles and three walks. She scored five runs, drove in two runs and stole three bases in four attempts. Coldren is batting .400 for the season with nine extra-base hits through 14 games.

Kent State: Diana Dumitrescu (track and field, So., 3.30, journalism, Campulung, Romania) set two school records en route to earning All-America honors in the pentathlon Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayatteville, Ark. Dumitrescu finished eighth in the event and broke her own school record with 4,055 points, the second-best total in Mid-American Conference history. She also set the new Kent State standard in the long jump with a distance of 19'-9.75" (6.04 meters), 0.25" further than LaShannon Foster's mark in 2003.

Northern Illinois: Natalie Blum (gymnastics, Sr., 3.35, public health administration, Homer Glen, Ill.) won individual titles on two events at the EMU Eagle Invitational quadrangular meet on Saturday, leading NIU to a second-place finish. The senior won the vault with a score of 9.725 and was the meet's top performer on floor exercise with a 9.800. It was the third victory on each apparatus this season for Blum, who has been the Huskies' most consistent performer throughout the year. She also scored a solid 9.550 on uneven parallel bars at the meet.

Toledo: Naama Shafir (basketball, So., 3.27, pre-business, Hoshaya, Israel) earned a spot on the MAC's All-Tournament team after helping the Rockets to an appearance in the championship game. Shafir led the Rockets with 14.3 points per game and also dished out six assists per contest. Against Ball State in the quarterfinals, she led the way with a game-high 18 points and seven assists. She also led the way against Kent State in the semifinals with 13 points, four assists and three rebounds.

Previous Female Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 11) Mary Hull, Miami (field hockey)
Week 2 (Sept. 18) Allyson Doyle, WMU (volleyball)
Week 3 (Sept. 25) Molly Gerst, CMU (soccer)
Week 4(Oct. 2) Marisa Hornbaker, Buffalo (volleyball)
Week 5 (Oct. 9) Lindsey Curnock, NIU (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 16) Chelsi Abott, CMU (soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 23) Ali Bishel, BSU (cross country)
Week 8 (Oct. 30) Laurie Wilkins, KSU (field hockey)
Week 9 (Nov. 6) Alexandra Lizarribar, KSU (cross country)
Week 10 (Nov. 13) Claire Horton, CMU (soccer)
Week 11 (Nov. 20) Kourtney Brown, Buffalo (basketball)
Week 12 (Nov. 23) Meili Carpenter, Buffalo (swimming & diving)
Week 13 (Dec. 4) Cassie Schrock, EMU (basketball)
Week 14 (Dec. 11) Elizabeth Spilman, BSU (swimming & diving)
                            Meili Carpenter, Buffalo (swimming & diving)
Week 15 (Dec. 18) Tavelyn James, EMU (basketball)
Week 16 (Dec. 23) Lorriane Odhiambo, KSU (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 8) Jessica Fortman, Buffalo (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 8) Tavelyn James, EMU (basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 15) Sarah Kehe, BSU (swimming & diving)
                           Kaihla Szunko, CMU (basketball)
Week 20 (Jan. 22) Christine Chiricosta, BGSU (tennis)
Week 21 (Jan. 29) Denise Harijanto, Buffalo (tennis)
Week 22 (Feb. 5) Rachel Heim, Ohio (swimming & diving)
Week 23 (Feb. 12) Tavelyn James, EMU (basketball)
Week 24 (Feb. 19) Christine Chiricosta, BGSU (tennis)
Week 25 (Feb. 28) Lydia Barrett, KSU (gymnastics)
Week 26 (Mar. 5) Meili Carpenter, Buffalo (swimming & diving)
Week 27 (Mar. 12) Heather Duhon, KSU (softball)
Week 28 (Mar. 19) Lauren Prochaska, BGSU (basketball)
                            Erin Grigg, EMU (gymnastics)