West Division Player of the Week
Marke Freeman, Northern Illinois, Sr., G, Sprinfield, Ill./Lanphier
Marke Freeman delivered a game-highs with 25 points and 12 rebounds, leading NIU to a 70-59 victory over Loyola. Freeman hit her first four three-pointer attempts, including three of the game's first four buckets, to push NIU to an early 13-1 lead. She finished the game 5-of-8 from deep, and 7-of-14 from the field. Freeman also hit 6-of-6 free throw attempts, all in the final 44 seconds of the game, to seal the win. The senior also added three assists and four steals. Freeman's 12 rebounds tied her career-high. It was her third career double-double, the second with points and rebounds.
East Division Player of the Week
Courtney Osborn, Miami, So., G, Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)
Courtney was once again the leading scorer for Miami during the week, averaging 20.5 points per game. She was 6-for-14 from three-point range (.429) and perfect from the free throw line (11-for-11). She led the team with 12 assists and six steals. Against Chicago State on Thursday, Courtney scored 29 points on 9-for-18 shooting, only one off her career high. She followed that up with 12 points against Cincinnati. She turned distributor in that game, leading the RedHawks with eight assists.
Additional Nominees for Player of the Week
Rachel Tecca, Akron, So., F, Tallmadge, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban HS)
Sophomore forward Rachel Tecca led Akron in a road loss to Temple, scoring 21 points and nabbing five boards and a career-high five steals. Tecca shot 7-for-11 (.636) from the floor and also went 7-for-10 from the charity stripe. The Tallmadge, Ohio native has reached double figures in scoring in all but one game this season and is now shooting at a clip of 52.3 percent while averaging 18.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green, Sr., G/F, Plain City, Ohio (Jonathan Alder)
Led all players with 28 points in Bowling Green's lone game of the week, a 73-64 win at Butler ... also had six rebounds, four assists and four steals ... also led all players in steals, and tied for game honors in assists ... her season-high nine field goals made included four three-pointers ... the win was the Falcons' 12th of the year, setting a new school and MAC record for non-conference victories in a season ... on the year, is averaging a team-high 20.0 points per game ... also leads the Falcons in rebounding, three-point field goals made, three-point FG percentage, steals and free-throw percentage ... is among the national leaders in FT pct.
Kourtney Brown, Buffalo, Sr., F, Solon, OH
Kourtney Brown led the Bulls in scoring and rebounding in each of UB's three games this past week, picking up her 36th and 37th career double-doubles in the process. Brown had 26 points against Missippi State, while adding 23 and 10 against Rider and 17 and 11 against Brown. The Solon, OH native also set UB's school record for career field goals and moved into second place in school history in career rebounding with 910.
Kaihla Szunko, Central Michigan, Sr., F, Saginaw, Mich. (Heritage HS)
Kaihla Szunko went 8-for-11 from the field to finish with 20 points and seven rebounds against Pittsburgh. The senior forward was dominant despite being limited to just 29 minutes due to foul trouble.
Cassie Schrock, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Gm Wadsworth,Ohio / Wadsworth
Senior guard Cassie Schrock and the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team capped off the 2010 calendar year with a fourth consecutive victory, 89-34, over Niagara University Tuesday evening, Dec. 28, at the Convocation Center. Schrock posted 20 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and 35 minutes in the record-setting victory. The 55-point spread marked the fourth-largest margin of victory in Convocation Center history, and the Purple Eagles' 34 total points were the lowest game total for an NCAA Division I team in Convocation Center history.
Taisja Jones, Kent State, Sr., F, Dallas, Texas (Grayson C.C.)
Jones led all scorers Sunday at St. Bonaventure, scoring 15 points in the second half, including 11 of Kent State's 13 points during a critical 13-5 run. Against Robert Morris, Jones had a team-best six rebounds and two blocked shots to go with 13 points.
Symone Lyles, Ohio, So., G, Silver Spring, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel HS)
Lyles enjoyed a career game in Ohio's lone contest against UNC Wilmington, scoring a team- and career-high 12 points and nine rebounds. The sophomore scored all but two of her points in the second half while converting on a career-best six field goals in finishing 6-of-11 from the field overall in just 27 minutes of play.
Melissa Goodall, Toledo, Sr., F, Lexington, OH (Lexington)
Senior Melissa Goodall paced UT with a career-high 25 points, a collegiate-best five assists, eight rebounds and two blocked shots in its 71-55 victory over North Dakota on Saturday in Savage Arena. Goodall shot 8-of-19 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe to score in double digits for a team-high 12th time this season.
Brenna Banktson, Western Michigan, Sr., F, Frankfort, Mich. (Frankfort)
Brenna Banktson led Western Michigan to its first road win of the season, as WMU closed out its non-conference schedule with a 66-58 victory at Eastern Kentucky. Banktson put forth a double-double effort, scoring 14 points and hauling in a career-high 14 rebounds. It was just the third double-double of her career.She also had two assists and one block in the win. Banktson made a season-best four three-pointers as well, moving her into eighth all-time in career three's at WMU.