FARs Select Jennifer Sturgis as Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week

Updated 3/1/2007
Sturgis (all-around, Sr., 3.60, nursing, Novi, Mich.) captured her fourth first-place all-around title and helped the Broncos defeat Air Force for their third-straight home victory.  Sturgis recorded a 38.825 in the all-around, her second-highest score in the event this season, and took first place on the beam with a 9.775.  She has also posted a team-high seven first-place finishes for the Broncos. 
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 that week's competition.  The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives

Female Nominees:
Ball State: Lisa Rusche (basketball, forward, Jr., 3.217, graphic design, Cincinnati, Ohio) led the Cardinals to the outright Mid-American Conference West Division title this week with victories over Central Michigan and against preseason favorite Eastern Michigan. Rusche averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals in the two games. She connected on 75 percent (18-of-24) from the field for the week and was four-of-five from the charity stripe. Against CMU, she posted her fourth double-double of the season with a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds. She connected on 11-of-15 from the field in the victory. She followed that up with a 14-point effort against EMU as she was seven-of-nine from the field. She scored one of the biggest baskets of the evening to put the Cardinals in position for the last second victory.
Bowling Green: Allison Vallas (softball, first base, Jr., 3.93, physical education teacher education, Perrysburg, Ohio) hit .308 as the Falcons went 4-1 at the Panera Bread Classic in Chattanooga, winning the tournament for the second-straight year. She had a .500 on-base percentage and a .692 slugging pct., going 4-for-13 with a triple, a homerun and five walks. Vallas did much of her damage against MAC schools, hitting .571 with a 1.000 slugging pct. in wins over Miami and Akron. She was 2-for-4 with a run scored against the RedHawks, then had a monster game versus the Zips, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a homer, two walks, two runs scored and three RBI. Vallas scored four runs on the weekend. The Falcons lost to Eastern Kentucky, 3-2, before bouncing back with wins over Maine (2-0), Saint Francis (8-0), Miami (6-4) and Akron (8-3) to take the title.
Buffalo: Patrice Coney (track & field, pentathlon, Sr., 3.322, nursing, Lyons, N.Y.) won the women’s pentathlon at the MAC Championships, breaking her school record with a total 3,677 points. Although Coney did not win any of the individual events, her point total in her overall finishes was good enough to give her the title. Coney turned in a second-place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:20.02 and added a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles portion of the event in 8.99 seconds.
Central Michigan: Jackie Smart (track and field, Sr., 3.20, health fitness, Blue Island, Ill.) won the triple jump with a leap of 41-3 1/4 at the MAC Indoor Championships, besting the rest of the field by nearly two feet. She also placed seventh in the long jump. Smart won the triple jump in all seven indoor meets in which she has competed this season.
Northern Illinois: Becky Smith (basketball, So., 3.89 , physical education, Janesville, Wis.) has played in all 27 games, starting nine of them. Since joining the starting line up, she is averaging 5.3 points a game. Smith set her career high in points (12) Feb. 25, 2007 against Western Michigan and rebounds (8) Jan. 30, 2007 against IPFW.

Previous  Winners      Female           

Week 1 (Sept. 7)            Sarah Wilber, KSU (volleyball)
Week 2 (Sept. 14)          Katie Boyd, MIA (soccer)
Week 3 (Sept. 21)          Mary Veith, UB (cross country)
Week 4 (Sept. 28)          Amanda Rudert, CMU (cross country)
Week 5 (Oct. 5)             Stephany Fleet, EMU (golf)
Week 6 (Oct. 12)           Kallie Williams, EMU (cross country)
Week 7 (Oct. 19)           Chrissy Gothke, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 8 (Oct. 26)           Mary Ochmanek, CMU (volleyball)
Week 9 (Nov. 2)            Carime Reinhart, Ohio (cross country)
Week 10 (Nov. 9)          Rachelle Coetzee, Ohio (field hockey)
Week 11 (Nov. 16)         Shannon Strachan, UT (volleyball)
Week 12 (Nov. 22)         Carrie Moore, WMU (basketball)
Week 13 (Nov. 30)         Kelsey Corbin, BSU (basketball)
Week 14 (Dec. 7)           Madeleine Pilchard, EMU (swimming)
Week 15 (Dec. 14)         Jaclyn Leininger, MIA (basketball)
Week 16 (Jan. 4)           Sarah VanMetre, EMU (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 11)          Ali Mann, BGSU (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 18)          Carrie Moore, WMU (basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 25)          Allison Steven, MIA (swimming)
Week 20 (Feb. 1)           Kristin Peoples, KSU (basketball)
Week 21 (Feb. 8)           Vanessa Frankowski, EMU (tennis)
Week 22 (Feb. 15)         Rachel Zubricky, UA (track & field)
Week 23 (Feb. 22)         Madeleine Pilchard, EMU (swimming)
                                      Jody Yednock, NIU (gymnastics)                                                                                                                                                                  Week 24 (Mar. 1)           Jennifer Sturgis, WMU (gymnastics)