MAC East Player of the Week
Kiyanna Black, Ohio, Guard
Freshman, Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Africentric
Kiyanna had a very strong week for the Bobcats, scoring a game-high 23 points during Ohio’s 68-62 win at Xavier on January 5. The freshman shot 50 percent (9-18) from the field, including a very efficient 3-4 clip from beyond the arc. Black connected on both of her free-throw attempts in the win and also pulled down five rebounds and dished out one assist. The 23 points scored by Black marked a career high for the freshman, as she more than doubled her season average in leading the Bobcats to their first victory of 2013. This also marked the highest point total by one Bobcat throughout the first 12 games of the season. Her five rebounds in the contest doubled her season average. Black’s points came at crucial times during Saturday’s win. Facing a two-point deficit in the middle of the second half, Kiyanna drained a three-pointer from the wing to reclaim the lead for Ohio. This was an advantage the Bobcats would not relinquish during the final 12 minutes of the contest en route to the victory.
MAC West Player of the Week
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich./Inkster
Central Michigan sophomore Crystal Bradford scored 20-plus points for the third time this season, notching 21 and eight rebounds versus Marquette last Wednesday. Bradford knocked down four threes in the contest and finished the afternoon with four offensive and defensive rebounds apiece. Bradford now has nine 20-plus point scoring games in her short career, more than any other active Chippewa.
Rachel Tecca, Akron, Forward
R-Junior, Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban
Rachel Tecca led the way for the Zips in their big road win at Chicago State last week, putting up 20 points and a team-high seven rebounds in just 19 minutes of action. The forward shot .889 percent from the field on 8-of-9 shooting, in addition to a 4-of-5 showing from the free throw line. Tecca, the league's leading scorer, has scored in double-figures in all 13 of Akron's games this season, including eight performances of 20 points or more.
Chrissy Steffen, Bowling Green, Guard
Senior, Carmel, Ind.
Senior guard Chrissy Steffen had 10 points and 9 rebounds, leading the Falcons in the latter category, in BGSU’s lone game of the week, a 59-56 loss UCF. BGSU has a 9-4 record heading into Thursday’s MAC opener.
Kirsten Olowinski, Miami, Forward
Olowinski had another double-double on the road against a talented Duquesne team that was receiving votes in the AP Poll. She finished a team-high tying 16 points, along with 11 rebounds for her 34th career double-double. It puts her only one short of Miami’s all-time record of 35 set by Hall-of-Famer Monica Niemann (1991-95). Olowinski also was a distributor throughout the game, leading the ‘Hawks with four assists. She also had a block and was 5-for-6 from the free throw line, hitting two key throws in the last couple of minutes after the Dukes had pulled the score to within one.
Sarah Stone, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Junior, Plymouth, Mich. / Salem
Junior Sara Stone put in a career high 15 points in her second career start during the non-conference finale against Loyola, Jan. 5. The Plymouth, Mich. native also hauled in eight rebounds (five offensive, 3 defensive) to go along with two steals and an assist in 28 minutes of work. Stone had seven points and five caroms at the halftime break to surpass her then career-best nine points set just a week earlier against Ole Miss, Dec. 30.