West Division Player of the Week
Cassie Schrock, Eastern Michigan, Sr., G, Wadsworth,Ohio / Wadsworth
Senior Cassie Schrock continued to pace the Eagles, helping led EMU to a 2-0 start to Mid-American Conference play with victories over Northern Illinois, Jan. 5, and Ball State, Jan. 8. Schrock averaged 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists in 40 minutes per game. For the week, the Wadsworth, Ohio native was 12-of-26 from the floor 17-of-23 from the charity stripe. At NIU, she racked up a season-best 24 points to go along with give rebounds and five assists. Schrock followed it up with 19 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and four steals against the Cardinals. With her 12-for-12 performance from the free throw line versus Northern Illinois, Jan 5, Schrock became the Eastern Michigan career leader - both men or women - in free throws attempted in a career. Schrock has attempted 645 charity tosses, besting Nikki Knapp's (2002-06) total of 626. Schrock also holds the EMU record for career made free throws with 472. Schrock ranks 10th in Mid-American Conference annals in attempts and 15th in makes. Ohio's Caroline Mast (1982-86) holds both conference records with 635 makes in 848 attempts.
East Division Player of the Week
Jamilah Humes, Kent State, Sr., G, Saginaw, Mich. (Arthur Hill)
Humes tallied team bests of 27 points and eight rebounds along with five assists and two steals in Kent State's come-from-behind victory at Buffalo Jan. 8. Trailing by 19 in the first half, Humes helped Kent State out-score the Bulls 48-22 in the second half for the win. She finished 3-for-3 from three-point range in 38 minutes of work. In Kent State's MAC opening win over Miami, Humes had a game-high 18 points and tied for the team lead with seven assists to go with six rebounds in the Golden Flashes' 76-62 victory. For the week, Humes averaged 22.5 ppg - over seven points per game higher than her season average - in two MAC victories. She also led the team with 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Her 45 points catapulted her into 15th place all-time in team history with 1,241 career points.
Additional Nominees for Player of the Week
Rachel Tecca, Akron, So., F, Tallmadge, Ohio (Hoban High School)
Akron sophomore Rachel Tecca averaged 11.5 pts and 6.0 rbs in the Zips' first two games of league play against Buffalo and Ohio. In the win over the Bobcats, the Tallmadge, Ohio native led all players with 19 pts and also grabbed six boards to carry the team. She has scored in double figures in all but two games this season.
Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green, Sr., G/F, Plain City, Ohio (Jonathan Alder)
Led the Falcons with 17.5 points per game as BGSU opened MAC play with a pair of wins ... the Falcons posted a 66-54 win at Ohio on Wednesday, then returned home for a 90-52 win over Miami ... had a game-high 23 points in the Ohio game, making three three-pointers and blocking a pair of shots ... in the Miami contest, scored 12 points and added three assists and two steals ... had six rebounds in each game ... took just six shots from the floor in the win over MU ... on the year, is averaging 19.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg to lead the team in both categories ... is among the national leaders in scoring and free-throw percentage ... shooting 93.1% from the stripe.
Kourtney Brown, Buffalo, Sr., F, Solon, OH/Solon
Brown averaged 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds as the Bulls split their two games this past week. Brown had her 38th career double-double against Kent State with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Brown also had five blocks against the Golden Flashes. In the win over the Zips, Brown had 28 points for UB, including 17 in the first half. Brown went 11 of 13 from the floor in the game.
Brandie Baker, Central Michigan, So., G, Flint, Mich. (Hamady HS)
Brandie Baker averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 52.4 percent from the field and playing the entire 40 minutes in both of Central Michigan's two wins last week. She guided the Chippewas to their first 2-0 start in MAC play in 20 years (since 1990-91) with 17 points, two boards, four assists and no turnovers against the Broncos while going 7-for-12 and followed it up with 16 points, six boards, four assists and a 4-for-9 day from the floor against the Huskies.
Kirsten Olowinski, Miami, So., F, Erie, Pa. (Mercyhurst, Prep)
Kirsten was both the leading scorer and leading rebounder for Miami this week. She averaged a double-double with 13.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. She also contributed four assists, three steals, two blocks, while shooting .529 (9-for-17) for the week. Kirsten recorded her fifth double-double of the season Wednesday with 13 points and 14 rebounds against Kent State. She just missed another double-double on Saturday when she scored 13 points and brought in nine rebounds.
Ebony Ellis, Northern Illinois, Sr., F, Joliet, Ill. (Joliet Township)
Ebony Ellis averaged 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 55.2 percent from the field over NIU's three games last week... Ellis tied her season high with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field against Eastern Michigan... she added seven rebounds and an assist against the Eagles... Ellis tallied a double-double against Central Michigan with 10 points and 10 rebounds... in the first game of the week, she totaled seven points and six boards with one block and one steal against Illinois State.
Tenishia Benson, Ohio, Jr., G, Akron, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Benson paced Ohio in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals while filling the stat sheet during the first week of MAC play. She finished the week averaging 11.0 pts., 8.0 rebs., 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Benson opened the week with 13 points, 9 rebounds, three assists and three steals in the Bobcats' contest against against Bowling Green. She wrapped up the week by pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out four assists to go with nine points and a steal.
Naama Shafir, Toledo, Jr., G, Hoshaya, Israel (Ulpanit Tiberias)
Naama Shafir averaged a team-high 20.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 33.5 minutes in a pair of Rocket victories against Ball State and Western Michigan this past week. In Wednesday's contest against the Cardnals, Shafir finished with a team-high 14 points, four helpers, four boards and two thefts caroms. Three days later vs. the Broncos, the 2009-10 second-team All-MAC selection scored a season-high 27 points, including 23 points after the intermission, to help the Rockets overcome a 12-point second-half deficit. She shot 46.2 percent (12-of-26) from the field, including 75.0 percent (3-of-4) from three-pont land, and 82.4 percent (14-of-17) from the charity stripe.
Ebony Cleary, Western Michigan, Sr., F, Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King
Ebony Cleary recorded double-doubles in both of WMU's games, averaging 17.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the week. It was her fourth and fifth double-double of the year, bringing her career count up to 15. Cleary totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds against Central Michigan Wednesday, then came back to put up 20 points and 13 rebounds against Toledo Saturday.