MAC East Player of the Week:
Hanna Luburgh, Akron, Guard
Junior, Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley HS
Hanna Luburgh had the hot hand against Buffalo, shooting 60 percent from the floor and scoring a game-high 24 points to lead Akron to its first ever MAC East Division title. The junior scored 19 of her points in the first half on 7-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc, to add to UA's 21 point halftime advantage. Luburgh finished the night one rebound short of a double-double with nine, and contributed to Akron's 22-for-26 overall showing at the free throw line.
MAC West Player of the Week:
Yolanda Richardson, Toledo, Center
Senior, Toledo, OH, Start High School
Senior Yolanda Richardson finished with a team-tying best 14 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and a contest-best three rejections vs. Ball State on Wednesday. Richardson shot an efficient 7-of-9 from the field in 27 minutes against the Cardinals to help the Rockets extend their win streak to 15 consecutive games, tied for the second-longest unbeaten stretch in school history. The Toledo native scored in double figures a 12th time this season, fourth-highest total on the team, pulled down double-digit rebounds for a second-consecutive game and a team-high fifth time overall and blocked at least three shots for a squad-best eighth time.
Chrissy Steffen, Bowling Green, Guard
Senior, Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Senior guard Chrissy Steffen had 13 points and eight rebounds as the Falcons picked up their 20th win of the season with a 51-43 victory at Kent State Wednesday night. Steffen was 6-of-11 from the field, and had four rebounds at each end of the court in the win. She also had two assists and a steal as BG improved to 11-5 in MAC play. On the season, Steffen is averaging 11.7 points and 4.6 rebounds, leading the Falcons in scoring. She ranks second on the team in steals and third in assists. Steffen leads the Falcons with 50 three-pointers made, and is shooting 34.5% from long distance this season. She has a career total of 1,193 points at BGSU, ranking 19th in school history. Additionally, she is now fourth in BG history with 176 three-pointers made. BGSU is 20-9 overall and 11-5 in the MAC.
Mackenzie Loesing, Buffalo, Guard
Freshman, Norwood, OH
Freshman Mackenzie Loesing led Buffalo in scoring on Wednesday night, scoring 17 points against the Akron Zips. Loesing was also a force defensively as she recorded a game-high four steals. Loesing went 6-of-13 from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. She ends the regular season second on the Bulls in scoring at 11.3 points per game, first in MAC games at 13.8 points, which is tied for the most by a freshman in the league. Her 2.3 steals per game in conference play are tied for third and are the most by a freshman this season.
Courtney Osborn, Miami, Guard
Senior, Hamilton Southeastern
Osborn stepped it up to lead the RedHawks to a gritty, 66-61, victory over Ohio on Wednesday. She led the team with 21 points, and also contributed six assists and three steals in 39 minutes of action. Osborn hit three 3-point baskets, including a trey from the top of the key with the score tied at 59 that put Miami in front to stay. It was her 12th 20-point effort of the season.
Tina Fisher, Ohio, Forward
Senior, Cottage Grove, Minn./Park
Tina had a good game for the Bobcats against Miami, scoring seven points and pulling down a team-high eight rebounds. The senior exceeded her season averages in points, rebounds, and assists on Wednesday, helping keep the ‘Cats locked in a tight game against their rival RedHawks. Five of Fisher’s eight rebounds were collected on the offensive end.
Nathalie Fontaine, Ball State, Guard
Freshman, Stockholm, Sweden
Fontaine scored 18 points and brought down eight rebounds in the Cardinals last regualr season game Wednesday at Toledo. The true freshman scored in double figures 21 times this season and led Ball State in scoring 13 times this year.
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich./Inkster
Central Michigan sophomore Crystal Bradford recorded her league-tying best 13th double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds, while dishing out four assists to lead the Chippewas to a 63-56 victory at Eastern Michigan in the regular-season finale. Despite an off night shooting, Bradford controlled the glass and came away with pair of blocks, including one under two minutes the Chippewas holding onto an eight-point lead. The Player of the Year candidate helped the Maroon and Gold secure their first 12-plus win MAC season since 1986 and secured a bye to the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament as CMU finished in a three-way tie with their 12-4 record and will play as the No. 4 seed.
Natachia Watkins, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Junior, South Euclid, Ohio / Brush
Junior Natachia Watkins has a game-high 18 points against CMU to go along with four rebounds, two steals and an assist. The South Euclid, Ohio native was 7-of-12 from the field in 39 minutes of work despite playing in foul trouble most of the night.
Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois, Guard
Sophomore, Hobart, Ind./Hobart
Amanda Corral posted her first double-double of the season and the third of her career scoring 18 points and hauling in a career-high 12 rebounds in NIU’s 58-50 setback at Western Michigan. Of her 12 boards, 10 came on the defensive end. She also chipped in an assist and a steal. It was also the second straight game Corral has tallied 18 points and he 22nd double-digit scoring performance.
Jazmine Windham, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis
Sophomore Jazmine Windham came off the bench to tie a career high with 18 points in Western Michigan's 58-50 win over Northern Illinois, snapping a four-game losing streak. It was just Windham's third double-digit game this season and first since Dec. 19. She also tied a career high with four three-pointers and missed just one shot in the game, going 6-for-7 from the floor, and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Windham scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half, helping WMU pull away late after the game was tied 25-25 at the half. With the win, Western Michigan closed out the regular season with a 10-19, 6-10 MAC record. It is the first time since the 2006-07 season that the Broncos have posted 10 wins. The victory also helped head coach Shane Clipfell reach a benchmark, as he set a new record for wins (10) and MAC wins (6) as a first-year head coach as WMU.