MAC Announces MAC Women's Basketball Players of the Week

Updated 11/26/2012

 

MAC East Player of the Week
Hanna Luburgh, Akron, Junior
Guard,  Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley High School
Hanna Luburgh continued to be Akron's offensive catalyst in its come-from-behind road victory over the Big East's Providence this week. Luburgh nearly had her second consecutive career-high scoring night, leading both teams with 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting. She scored 10 of her points in the midst of a 20-6 Akron run late in the first half, helping the Zips erase a 14-point deficit to tie the game at halftime. Luburgh single-handedly drained half of UA's 10 3-pointers, and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line. She was also the team's second leading rebounder with seven. In Akron's last two games, the junior has averaged 29.0 points and eight boards.
 
MAC West Player of the Week
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Sophomore
Guard,  Inkster, Mich./Inkster HS
Central Michigan sophomore guard Crystal Bradford scored a season-high 21 points on a blistering 9-of-11 shooting from the field Friday night to lead the Chippewas to a 88-62 home-opening victory over South Dakota State. After scoring just six points in the first half on 3-of-3 shooting, Bradford took over in the second half, scoring 15 points and capped her night with a block of a three-point attempt and coast-to-coast layup. She also finished the night with three blocks, a pair of steals and a pair of assists in 26 minutes of play.
 
 
Other Nominees:
Jasmine Matthews, Bowling Green, Sophomore
Guard, Matteson, Ill. (Marian Catholic)
Tied for the team lead in scoring as the Falcons split a pair of games at the Lady Rebel Round-Up, hosted by UNLV. Averaged 12.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Led the Falcons with six three-point field goals in the two games, going 6-of-14 from long range.  Scored a career-high 16 points in the Falcons’ 64-54 win over UNLV, hitting four three-pointers to tie her career best in that category.  On the season, is averaging 6.0 points per game. She missed the team’s exhibition game as well as the season opener while recovering from an injury, and played just three minutes in the second game of the year.  Over the last three games, has averaged 8.0 ppg.  The UNLV game marked her first start of the season.  BGSU is now 3-2 on the year.
 
Mackenzie Loesing, Buffalo, Freshman
Guard, Norwood, OH/ St. Ursuline Academy
Freshman Mackenzie Loesing was named to the All-Tournament team at the Marriott Dayton Classic this past weekend, having the best game of her young career on Sunday against Eastern Illinois.  Against the Panthers, Loesing finished with 21 points, five rebounds and eight assists off the bench.  Loesing also added three steals on the defensive end.  She became the first Buffalo freshman to score 20 points in a game since the 2007-08 season.  Loesing added a team-high seven rebounds in Buffalo's loss at Nationally-Ranked Dayton.
 
Shavon Robinson, Ohio University, Junior
Guard, Canton South HS
Shavon had a strong game for the Bobcats during Ohio’s 62-55 loss to Duquesne on November 25. The junior connected on 4-of-9 field goal attempts, including shooting 2-of-3 from distance, to lead the Bobcats with 18 points. Robinson did a very good job of getting to the free-throw line on Sunday afternoon, going 8-of-10 from the charity stripe.  In addition to her strong offensive performance, Robinson added three steals, two assists, one block, and one rebound to Ohio’s cause on Sunday. 
 
Olivia Fouty, Eastern Michigan University, Junior 
Forward, Toledo, Ohio / Sylvania Northview
Junior Olivia Fouty turned in a career-best day against Harvard University, Nov. 24, with a 20 point effort against the Crimson. She also finished with eight rebound and three blocks in the setback. A day earlier against Boston University, Nov. 23, she paced the EMU attack with 13 points in 31 minutes of work.
 
Jada Buggs, Northern Illinois, R-Sophomore
Forward, Wisconsin (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial)
Buggs broke out for her second straight game in double figures as she scored a team-high 16 points in a 59-58 loss in NIU's home opener against South Dakota State.  She also added a pair of assists and rebounds as she was 6-for-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line. 
 
Naama Shafir, Toledo, Senior
Guard, Hoshaya, Israel
Senior Naama Shafir averaged a team-high 11.0 points, a squad-best 6.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals in 28.0 minutes in three Toledo victories last week. Shafir, who finished with 20 helpers and only five turnovers, shot 37.5 percent (12-of-32) from the field, including 40.0 percent (4-of-10) from three-point land, and 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from the charity stripe to help UT defeat Colorado State, as well as capture the John Ascuaga Nugget Classic in Reno with victories against Santa Clara and host Nevada. The four-time preseason All-MAC West Division selection scored in double figures in all three contests and was named the Nugget Classic MVP. She opened the week with 11 points, a season-high eight dimes, four boards and two thefts in 34 minutes in UT’s victory over the Rams on Tuesday. Then in the opening game of the Nugget Classic vs. the Broncos on Friday, Shafir totaled 11 points, five helpers, four caroms and two steals in 29 minutes. The three-time All-MAC honoree then finished off the impressive week with 11 points, seven assists, three thefts and four rebounds in 21 minutes vs. the Wolf Pack on Saturday.
 
Corey Buchanan, Western Michigan, Junior
Guard, Saginaw Arthur
Western Michigan junior guard Corey Buchanan led the Broncos to the championship game of the Northern Arizona Thanksgiving Tournament and was named the the all-tournament team this weekend. Over two games, Buchanan averaged 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists. against host NAU, she pumped in a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, both of which were game highs. Buchanan's double-double was her first of the season and third of her career. She also dished out five assists. In the championship game against Tulane, she had eight points, five rebounds and three assists.