East Division Player of the Week
Lauren Prochaska, Bowling Green, Sr., G/F, Plain City, Ohio (Jonathan Alder)
Prochaska veraged 26.0 pointer as the Falcons swept a pair of games last week. She scored a season-high 31 points as BGSU defeated nationally-ranked Vanderbilt, 79-68, at Anderson Arena. She tied her career high with six assists, and had five rebounds in the win over the 23rd-ranked Commodores. She hit five three-point field goals in that win, her highest total of the season and just one off of her career best ... then, scored 21 points in only 26 minutes vs. Cal State Fullerton and was 6-of-8 from the field, adding four rebounds and a game-high four steals. Also in that game, increased her streak of consecutive free throws made to 61, a new MAC record. She is just five shy of tying the NCAA record. On the week, averaged 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals, leading the Falcons in the latter category ... shot 58.3 percent from the field, including a 6-of-11 (54.5%) effort from three-point land and, obviously, was perfect from the free-throw line, going 18-of-18. She is averaging 20.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this year, leading the Falcons in both categories. She also leads BGSU in steals (2.1 spg), and is second in assists (2.9 apg) and blocked shots (0.8 bpg) and has made 69-of-70 free throws this year to date (98.6%).
West Division Player of the Week
Shonda Long, Central Michigan, Sr., G, Saginaw, Mich. (Buena Vista HS)
Shonda Long earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Aces Classic, guiding Central Michigan to a 2-0 week and a tournament title. The senior averaged 23.5 points in two games, hitting 10 threes on the weekend (10-for-19, .526) to move into second on CMU's all-time three-pointers made list. She shot 55 percent from the floor in the two games, dished out eight assists and had a pair of steals and blocks. Long played the entire 40 minutes in the tournamen title game against Evansville, scoring 27 points, handing out six assists and hitting five threes. In the opening round victory against Coastal Carolina the senior finished with a game-high 20 points in just 25 minutes, going 7-for-10 from the floor. She connected on five threes and snared eight boards.
Additional Nominees for Players of the Week
Emily Maggert, Ball State, Sr., F, Paris, Ill./Paris
Senior forward Emily Maggert averaged a double-double this week against Missouri and SIU-Edwardsville averaging 14.5 points per game and 10.0 rebounds. In the Cardinals win over SIUE Maggert had earned her 26th double-double by halftime. She led all scorers against the cougars after scoring 21 points and pulling down 16 rebounds. The senior was one rebound shy of tying her career high. The Cardinals won their second straight game on the road at SIUE defeating the Cougars 66-60. In the Missouri game Maggert got the Cardinals off to a good start to open the second half with a three point basket to bring Ball State within 25-22 of the Tigers. The three pointer by Maggert moved her into seventh all-time in the Ball State's women's basketball record books with 1, 356 points, passing former teammate and director of basketball operations Audrey McDonald (2006-10) who had 1,353 career points.
Kourtney Brown, Buffalo, Sr., F, Solon, OH/Solon
Kourtney Brown picked up her fourth double-double of the season and the 33rd of her career on Wednesday night as the Bulls defeated Canisius in their only game of the week. Brown had 26 points and 15 rebounds, while adding an assist, a block and two steals. Brown currently leads the Bulls in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots.
Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan, Jr., G, Detroit, Mich.-Mumford
Junior Tavelyn James paced the Eagles to a 1-1 week in the Show Me State with a victory over UMKC, Dec. 1, and a setback to Missouri State. For the week, the Detroit native averaged 22.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.0 minutes of work. Her best game came versus the Bears, when she poured in a season-best 29 points on 10-of-23 shooting, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. At UMKC, James notched 16 points while grabbing five caroms and dishing three assists in the non-conference victory.
Jamilah Humes, Kent State, Sr., G, Saginaw, Mich. (Arthur Hill)
Humes led Kent State in multiple categories on the week. Humes shot 58.3 percent in two games and led the team in scoring and steals (3.0 spg) as the Golden Flashes posted a 1-1 week. Against Youngstown State, Humes had 12 points in the team's largest margin of victory this season. Against Saint Francis (Pa.), an NCAA tournament team from last year, Humes had a team-best 19 points.
Courtney Osborn, Miami, So., G, Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)
Courtney was the leading scorer in Miami's only game of the week. She had 19 points in a gritty 62-57 victory at Wright State last Wednesday. She also contributed four rebounds, four assists and two steals in a team-high 37 minutes of action.
Marke Freeman, Northern Illinois, Sr., G, Sprinfield, Ill. (Lanphier)
Freeman registered a double-double with 30 points and 12 rebounds in Northern Illinois' 71-64 win at 2009-10 NCAA Tournament team Northern Iowa. She went 8-of-11 from the field, 3-of-3 on three-pointers and hit 11-of-12 free throws. Freeman sunk six consecutive free throws in the game's last 1:05 to seal another road win for NIU, its fourth win away from the Convocation Center this season. It was the fourth time in her career that Freeman has hit the 30-point mark. For the week, Freeman averaged 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
Melissa Goodall, Toledo, Sr., F, Lexington, OH (Lexington)
Melissa Goodall averaged a team-high 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over two games last week. Goodall shot .444 (8-of-18) from the field, including .429 (3-of-7) from three-point range, and a team-high .818 (9-of-11) from the free-throw line in 29.0 minutes per contest. She opened the week with 13 points, five boards and game-high four rejections at Saint Peter's on Tuesday. The 2009-10 honorable mention All-MAC selection followed up that performance against the Peahens with a team-high 15 points and four caroms at Dayton on Sunday. She has now scored in double figures a career-high eight-consecutive games.
Carolyn Barnett, Ohio, Sr., F, North Chicago, Ill. (North Chicago HS)
Barnett paced Ohio in scoring in a pair of tough road games at George Washington and at Chicago State. The senior averaged a team-best 10.5 points in just under 20 minutes per game during the week. She especially shined in her homecoming against Chicago State, scoring a team- and season-high 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe, to go with three rebounds, a team-high two assists and a steal in just 20 minutes of play. She finished the week averaging 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
Ebony Cleary, Western Michigan, Sr., F, Detroit, Mich. (Martin Luther King)
Senior Ebony Cleary averaged 13 points and 9.5 rebounds in a pair of games this week. Against defending Horizon League champion Cleveland State, Cleary scored more than one-third of her team's points, tallying her third double-double of the year with 20 points and 10 rebounds. It was Cleary's 12th double-double of her career. Against Chicago State, Cleary hauled in nine rebounds and scored six points.