MAC East Player of the Week:
Rachel Tecca, Akron, Forward
R-Junior, Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban HS
Rachel Tecca shot a blistering 65.5 percent from the field en route to averaging 28 points per game over Akron's two big wins last week. Against Ohio, Tecca led six Zips in double figures with 24 points in 25 minutes, adding three steals and seven rebounds. The forward outdid herself against Miami, posting career-high marks in points (32) and steals (6), and also picking up seven boards and three assists. Tecca was 12-of-14 from the free throw line, including 4-of-4 in the final 10 seconds to secure the victory over the RedHawks. In addition to scoring double figures in 28 straight games, Tecca has scored 20 or more points in six of her last seven outings to lead the Zips to their first 20-win season in school history.
MAC West Player of the Week:
Brittany Carter, Ball State, Guard
Sophomore, St. Louis, Mo.
Carter helped the Cardinals clinch an automatic bye to the 2009 Mid-American Conference Tournament after an 18-point performance in Ball State's 60-46 victory against Western Michigan Sunday afternoon in Worthen Arena. Carter had scored 11 of those points in the first half. Carter also brought down eight rebounds in the win. She also helped Ball State earn the MAC sweep over Central Michigan Thursday after Carter chipped in 15 points for the 67-63 win in Mt. Pleasant. She has helped the Cardinals to one of their best conference seasons in school history. For the week Carter averaged 16.5 points per game, 6.0 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks while going a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
Chrissy Steffen, Bowling Green, Guard
Senior, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Senior guard Chrissy Steffen led the Falcons in scoring last week, as the Falcons’ went 2-0. She averaged 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 assistts per contest, ranking second on the Falcons in rebounding. Steffen shot 58.3 percent from the field, going 7-for-12, including a 5-of-10 effort from three-point range. Steffen also hit 5 of her 6 free-throw attempts. She had a double-double against Buffalo, with 10 points and a team-leading 10 rebounds in a 56-43 win. Then, on ‘Senior Day’ at the Stroh Center, Steffen was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, including 3-of-3 from three-point range, en route to 14 points in a 73-52 win over Ohio. Steffen led the Falcons in scoring despite not taking a single shot from the field in the second half. On the season, Steffen is averaging 11.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, leading the Falcons in scoring. She ranks second on the team in steals and third in assists. Steffen leads the Falcons with 49 three-pointers made, and is shooting 35.0% from long distance this season. She has a career total of 1,180 points at BGSU, ranking 19th in school history. Additionally, she is now fourth in BG history with 175 three-pointers made. BGSU is 19-9 overall and 10-5 in the MAC.
Mackenzie Loesing, Buffalo, Guard
Freshman, Norwood, OH
Freshman Mackenzie Loesing led Buffalo again in scoring this week as she averaged 16.0 points over UB's two games. On Sunday afternoon, Loesing had a game-high 17 points, playing just 20 minutes due to Buffalo's large lead. Loesing went 6-of-8 from the floor and 3-for-5 from the free throw line. Her defense early on was a big reason that the Bulls allowed just 9 points to Golden Flashes in the first half. Loesing had a game-high four steals in the victory. Earlier this week, Loesing had 15 points in a loss at Bowling Green where she went 6-for-11 from the floor and added another three steals. Loesing leads Buffalo at 11.1 points per game and 57 steals. In MAC play, she is averaging 13.6 points and has a team-best 35 steals.
Kirsten Olowinski, Miami, Forward
Kirsten Olowinski averaged a double-double over the week with 13.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. She also turned into a distributor, leading the team with an average of 4.5 assists per game. She had a fantastic game against Kent State both offensively and defensively. She just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, while recording a career-high six assists. Olowinski did her part in holding the Golden Flashes to 39 points, the 11th-lowest point total allowed by Miami in school history, contributing four blocks. Against Akron, she recorded her 40th career double-double, finishing with 17 points and 16 rebounds. She also had three assists and two steals. For the week, Olowinski shot 65 percent from the field (13-for-20).
Erin Bailes, Ohio, Guard
Junior, Huntington, W.Va./Huntington
Erin had a very strong week for the Bobcats, averaging 19.5 points per game in road matchups with Akron and Bowling Green. The junior scored a game and career-high 33 points in Ohio’s game at Akron on Thursday night, hitting 12-21 field-goal attempts including going an impressive 7-11 from distance. Bailes collected six rebounds in this game, recorded two assists, swiped one steal, and did not turn the ball over once in 32 minutes of play. She also went a perfect 2-2 from the free-throw line in this game.
With her 33-point performance at Akron, Bailes became the first Bobcat to score 30 points or more since Rachel Frederick did so during the 2006-07 season.
Bailes followed up her tremendous game at Akron with a solid performance against Bowling Green during which she scored six points, grabbed one rebound, dished out one assist, and swiped one steal.
In 64 minutes of play during Ohio’s last two games, Bailes did not turn the ball over once.
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich./Inkster
Central Michigan sophomore Crystal Bradford became just the third play in program history to record at least 20 rebounds when she recorded her MAC best 12th double-double of the season Wednesday versus Ball State. Bradford finished with 20 points and 21 rebounds to record the second-best single-game rebounding mark in program history. The sophomore followed up the performance with 14 points and nine boards in a blowout victory at Northern Illinois to finish the week averaging 17.0 points, 15 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.
Desyree Thomas, Eastern Michigan, Guard
Junior, Waterford, Mich. / Mott
Junior Desyree Thomas helped the Eagles to a 1-1 week by averaging 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest. The Waterford, Mich. native shot 8-of-14 from the floor for a career-best 17 points. She followed it up with a 14 point, eight rebound and five assist effort in a setback at MAC Champion Toledo.
Alexis Lindstrom, Northern Illinois, Guard
Freshman, Howards Grove, Wis./Howards Grove
Alexis Lindstrom averaged 11.5 in two games this week, well above her season average of 4.4 points a game. In her first career start, Lindstrom scored a career-high 18 points in a losing effort to Central Michigan. The freshman from Howards Grove, Wis. went 6-for-10 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point territory and 2-for-3 from the free throw line. Lindstrom, who played a career-high 38 minutes, also added an assist and steal against the Chippewas. Earlier in the week, she tallied five points and two assists in 29 minutes against Eastern Michigan.
Inma Zanoguera, Toledo, Guard
Sophomore, Llucmajor, Spain/IES CTEIB H.S.
Sophomore Inma Zanoguera averaged a team-high 12.0 points, a squad-best 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals in victories against Western Michigan (Feb. 28) and Eastern Michigan (March 3) last week. Zanoguera shot an efficient 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from the field and 75.0 percent (3-of-4) from the charity stripe in 33.0 minutes per contest to help the Rockets secure their second overall MAC regular-season crown in the last three seasons. She opened the week with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds at WMU to record her second straight double-double. Three days later against the Eagles, Zanoguera contributed a squad best 14 points with five caroms. She has now scored at least 10 points on 15 occasions in 2012-13, third-highest total on the team.