Christine Chiricosta Named Female Scholar Athlete of the Week

Updated 1/25/2010
Christine Chiricosta (Jr., 3.96, adolescent/young adult/secondary education, Avon Lake, Ohio) went a perfect 4-0 on the weekend as BGSU began the spring portion of the season ... in her first year at the top singles flight, went 2-0 with wins over Sarah Miller of Louisville and Alexandra Rydberg of Morehead State ... both wins came in straight sets ... lost only two total games in the latter victory (6-1, 6-1) ... in doubles play, teamed with freshman Maddy Eccleston for a pair of 8-3 victories at the top flight ... on the season, has a 16-5 overall record, including a team-best 9-2 singles record and a 7-3 doubles mark ... early in her junior season, already is ranked in the top 25 on all three BGSU career lists ... picked up her 50th career win(s) in both singles and doubles, and (obviously) her 100th overall win over the weekend ... has a stellar overall record of 101-36, including a 51-16 singles ledger and a 50-20 doubles mark ... is 23rd all-time in combined wins, and ranks 18th on the singles list and T-21st on the doubles chart.

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:
Akron: Jolene Tamboue (basketball, Sr., 3.53, biochemistry, Manhattan, Kan.) averaged a double-double with 10.0 points and 12.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent (8-for-16) from the field, to help lead the Akron women's basketball team to a pair of conference wins over Kent State and Miami last week. Tamboue recorded her second double-double in as many games with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in a 62-55 win over the Golden Flashes then reached double-digits in rebounding for her fifth consecutive game with a game-high 11 boards in a 55-40 win at Miami Saturday. Tamboue carries a cumulative GPA of 3.353 as a biochemistry major at UA.

Ball State: Brittney Emmons (gymnastics, So., 3.17, pre-dentistry and biology, Pace, Fla.) won the all-around competition in a meet at New Hampshire against the Wildcats, Utah State and Yale . . . Emmons posted a 38.525 to win the all-around competition . . . Her best event was the floor where she recorded a 9.900 final score, which included a perfect 10.0 score from one of the two judges . . . Emmons tied for second on the floor . . . She also placed fifth in the vault, 16th in the bars and 17th on the beam . . . Emmons led Ball State to a second place finish in the four team meet.

Buffalo: Kourtney Brown (basketball, Jr., 3.27, computer engineering, Solon, Ohio) averaged a double-double with 18.0 points and 14.0 rebounds in UB's two games, a loss at Bowling Green and a home victory over Ohio. In the two contests, she was 13-of-25 (.520) from the field and 10-of-13 from the free throw line while pulling down 28 rebounds, including 10 offensively at Bowling Green and 12 on the defensive end against Ohio. She also blocked nine shots in the two games (five at BGSU, four vs. OU).


Central Michigan: Erika Schroll (track and field, Sr., 3.59, biology, Union, Mich.) won the high jump at the 10-team BGSU Challenge with a career-best leap of 5-11 1/4, the fifth best mark in the country this season. She finished four inches ahead of the runner-up in the event. Schroll's previous career best was 5-10.

Eastern Michigan: Xu Chang (tennis, Jr., 3.47, individualized studies, Beijing China) scored two major victories for the Eagles during their season-opening match against the University of Detroit Mercy, Jan. 17, in Southfield, Mich. She rallied from behind to defeat UDM's Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom. After losing the first set 1-6, Xu bounced back with a 7-5 win, forcing a third set. In the final set, she was able to pull out a 10-6 victory in what was arguably the hardest fought win of the match for the Eagles. Also, in doubles competition, she teamed up with a freshman and used her leadership and ability to help the duo win an 8-2 match over Detroit.

Northern Illinois: Tanya Rachan (gymnastics, So., 3.52, biochemistry, Lowell, Ind.) came back from a fall on the uneven parallel bars to lead Northern Illinois to a comeback victory over Western Michigan in the Huskies' first MAC competition of the season. The NIU comeback began on the balance beam and Rachan anchored the Huskie line-up on that event as she scored a 9.750 to tie for first place on beam. She then helped complete the comeback by scoring a career best 9.825 on floor exercise to tie teammate Natalie Blum for meet honors on that event.

Toledo: Naama Shafir (basketball, So., 3.60, pre-business, Hoshaya, Israel) averaged 14.0 points, 6.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game as the Rockets split a pair of contests last week and remained in a first-place tie in the MAC's West Divsion. In UT's win over Eastern Michigan, Shafir tallied 13 points, six rebounds and five assists. She followed that up with 15 points, eight assists and one rebound against Ball State.

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)