East Division Player of the Week
Tenishia Benson, Ohio, Jr., G, Akron, Ohio (Univ. of Cincinnati)
Benson had a stellar week tallying a pair of double-doubles and career highs while averaging 21.5 points, 10.5 rebs., 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game while converting on 15-of-18 from the charity stripe. The junior started her week by pulling down a career-high 11 rebounds to go with 16 points, four assists and two steals against a strong Duquesne team. Benson followed it with perhaps the best game of her career, tallying a career-best 27 points, 10 rebs., 2 assists and 4 steals while going 10-of-12 from the free throw line all in just 31 minutes. She also finished the week shooting at a 41.9 percent clip from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc.
West Division Player of the Week
Kaihla Szunko, Central Michigan, Sr., F
Kaihla Szunko put together the second triple-double in Central Michigan history, finishing with 24 points, 16 rebounds and a CMU single game record 10 steals in a victory over Ole Miss. She went 10-for-15 in the 82-66 victory to open McGuirk Arena.
Additional Player of the Week Nominees
Rachel Tecca, Akron, So., F, Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban
Akron sophomore forward Rachel Tecca averaged 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in leading the Zips to two wins last week over Youngstown State and Ursuline College. On the road at YSU, Tecca notched her fifth double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 boards. At home versus Ursuline, she led all players with 14 points in Akron's largest offensive output since 1982, as the team scored 102 points and allowed a season-low 45.
Taisja Jones, Kent State, Sr., F, Dallas, Texas (Grayson C.C.)
Jones led Kent State with 18 points in just 20 minutes of work as the Golden Flashes posted an 88-36 win over Vermont Dec. 19.Jones also had a team-high two blocked shots and shot 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Rachael Hencke, Miami, Jr., G, Grafton, Wis. (Grafton)
Rachael was the leading scorer for Miami in its only game last week, a 77-61 win over Northeastern. She scored 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the three-point line. She also had a career-high four steals. This performance continued a trend for Hencke as she is hitting a career-high 56 percent (37-for-66) of her shots this season. That includes making 59 percent of her three-point shots (10-for-17).
Jessica Williams, Toledo, Sr., G, Westerville, OH (North)
Senior Jessica Williams paced UT with 19 points, five assists and five rebounds vs. UW-Milwaukee on Sunday. Williams shot an impressive 6-of-10 from beyond the arc to score in double figures for the third-consecutive contest. With the effort, the Westerville, OH native moved past Kelly Walker into fifth place in school history with 177 career triples.