MAC Announces MAC Women's Basketball Players of the Week

Updated 12/3/2012


MAC East Player of the Week
Kirsten Olowinski, Miami, Senior
Forward, Mercyhurst
Olowinski stepped up her game on Saturday with Miami facing the absence of leading scorer Courtney Osborn. She had the 32nd double-double of her career when scored 13 points and brought in 13 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. She also recorded three blocks to become the all-time leader at Miami in that category, as well as contributing three steals and two assists. Olowinski also nearly had a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds in the RedHawks’ first game of the week, a tough battle against No. 9/8 Kentucky. She finished with 21 points scored and is now only 10 points away from becoming the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000 for her career.
MAC West Player of the Week
Naama Shafir, Toledo, Senior
Guard, Hoshaya, Israel/Ulpanit Tiberias H.S.
Senior Naama Shafir was selected the Glass City Tournament MVP, averaging a team-high 11.0 ppg and 4.5 apg. Shafir was the only Rocket to score in double figures in both contests this past weekend and was named the tourney MVP for a second-straight week. The Hoshaya, Israel native opened the two-game tourney with 12 points, three dimes and one dime vs. SIU Edwardsville on Saturday. The following afternoon vs. St. Bonaventure in the championship contest, the three-time All-MAC selection contributed 10 points, a game-high six dimes and three boards. The two-time team-captain has now scored at least 10 points in six of the first seven contests. With her three helpers against SIUE, Shafir became only the fourth player in school history to tally at least 600 career assists. 
Other Nominess:
Kacie Cassell, Akron, Junior
Guard, Vandalia, Ohio/Vandalia Butler High School
Kacie Cassell played near perfect running the point for Akron last week. In the Zips' win over Canisius Saturday, Cassell dished out eight assists without a single turnover in 39 minutes played. She was ranked seventh in the nation in assists per game in the first NCAA statistics summary of the year, and after the weekend's action Cassell has the fourth-best assists per game average among all junior guards in the country. She leads the MAC overall by almost 20 assists, and also holds the league's best individual assist/turnover ratio at 2.4. Cassell has now posted five or more assists in Akron's last six consecutive games.
Jillian Halfhill, Bowling Green, Junior
Guard, Canfield, Ohio (Canfield)
Junior point guard Jillian Halfhill averaged 9.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as the Falcons split a pair of games last week.  Halfhill was second on the team in scoring and assists (2.5 apg) on the week, and the 5-foot-6 point guard led the team in rebounding.  Halfhill had the first double-double of her career as the Falcons dismantled Colorado State, 71-49, scoring 10 points and obliterating her previous best with a game- and career-high 13 rebounds in the win.  She also led all players with four assists against the Rams. Halfhill made four of her six shots from the field, including both of her three-point attempts on the afternoon.  Prior to Saturday afternoon, Halfhill’s career rebounding high was six, in the previous Saturday’s win over another Mountain West Conference team, UNLV.  She had eight points and three rebounds in the Falcons’ 70-56 loss to Temple.  On the season, Halfhill has 9.6 ppg to rank second on the team, and she leads the Falcons with 2.3 assists per game. Halfhill is tied for third on the team in rebounding, with 4.7 rpg.  BGSU is now 4-3 on the year.
Rachael Gregory, Buffalo, Freshman
Forward/Guard, Indianapolis, IN/North Central 
Freshman Rachael Gregory led the Bulls in the scoring this past week, including tying her career-high with 17 points against Bucknell, all 17 of those points coming in the second half.  Gregory began the week with 13 points and nine rebounds against Duquesne and than follkowed it up with the 17 points and nine rebounds against Bucknell, just missing her first career double-double on each occassion.  In the game against Bucknell, Gregory made her way to the free throw line 11 times, hitting nine of them.  Gregory continues to lead the Bulls in scoring and is the only play to have started all eight of Buffalo's games.
Kiyanna Black, Ohio, Freshman
Guard, Columbus Africentric HS
Kiyanna Black had a terrific week for Ohio Women’s Basketball, scoring 36 points in two games against UMass and Detroit. The freshman shot 16-of-37 from the field in these two games, scoring 36 points while also collecting five steals, five rebounds, and six assists. On Thursday against UMass, Black doubled her season point total, scoring a game-high 21 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field. The freshman then followed this up with a big performance against Detroit on Sunday, scoring 15 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field. She also connected on her first career three-pointer in the game against Detroit. Heading into the week’s games, Kiyanna was averaging 0.35 points per minute played through Ohio’s first four contests of the season. In Ohio’s two games last week, Black nearly doubled this scoring pace, averaging 0.61 points per minute played. 
Katie Murphy, Ball State, Junior
Forward, Peoria, Ill./Richwoods
Junior guard Katie Murphy scored a career high 20 points at Murray State Thursday, November 29 while also tying her personal best rebounding performance of 17 boards.  Murray also scored in double figures at Stetson Saturday, Dec. 1 after ending the night with 12 points.  For the week Murphy led the team averaging a double-double with 16.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds.  Murphy is currently third on the team overall in scoring averaging 10.5 points per contest and first in rebounding with 7.5 rpg.
Olivia Fouty, Eastern Michigan, Junior
Forward, Toledo, Ohio / Sylvania Northview
Junior Olivia Fouty averaged a double-double for the week with 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in a pair of setbacks at Butler, Nov. 28, and Wyoming, Dec. 1. Against the Cowgirls, she grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds to go along with 13 points in 36 minutes of action. At Butler, the Toledo, Ohio native scored a tean-best 14 points and hauled in nine rebounds.
Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois, Sophomore 
Guard, Hobart High School (Hobart, Ind.)  
Corral returned from an ankle injury that sidelined her for most of the last two games in a huge way.  She scored 19 points, pulled down four rebounds and had an assist and block to guide NIU to its first home win of the season -- a 67-63 decision over Loyola.  She went 6-for-13 from the field, 2-for-5 on three pointers and 5-for-6 from the foul line, including going 4-for-4 in the last 60 seconds of the game to seal the win.  Her 19-point performance was a season high total and two shy of a career high.
Aurielle Anderson, Western Michigan, Senior
Guard, Gary Westside
Western Michigan senior guard Aurielle Anderson averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists over two games this past week. Anderson did a bulk of WMU's scoring Wednesday at Detroit, tallying a team game-high 18 points, also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Saturday in a four-overtime thriller at Oakland, Anderson recorded 12 points and four rebounds, playing a career-high 45 minutes.