Reigning MAC Player of the Year Rachel Tecca set the bar high once again in the first game of her senior season last week. In Akron's 98-69 win over FAU, Tecca shot 63.2 percent from the field (12-of-19), setting a new career-high with 36 points in just 27 minutes of action. The mark is two points shy of tying Akron's single-game record, and was the highest single-game point total by a MAC player on opening weekend. Tecca also added 12 rebounds for her 28th career double-double, as well as three steals.
Junior Inma Zanoguera started both games for the Rockets this weekend, averaging a team-high 17.5 points, a squad-best 12.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals in 29.5 minutes. For her efforts, Zanoguera was named to the Glass City All-Tournament Team. She opened the season with a team-tying best 11 points, a squad-high eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes vs. Drexel. The following afternoon in the consolation round, Zanoguera totaled her fourth double-double with a career-tying best 24 points, a collegiate-high 16 caroms, four helpers and three thefts vs. Mississippi Valley State. The 2013-14 Preseason All-MAC West Division honoree is shooting 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from the field and 83.3 (15-of-18) from the charity stripe.
Brittany Carter, Ball State, Guard
Junior, St. Louis, Mo.
Junior guard Brittany Carter’s 19-point performance nearly lifted the Ball State women’s basketball team past No. 18/23 Purdue, in the Cardinals season opener Sunday in Mackey Arena. Ball State would lose in the final minutes, 63-57. The Cardinals trailed the Boilermakers 56-47 at the 3:52 mark in the second half before Carter would hit back-to-back three pointers and a jumper, closing the gap to 58-55 with under a minute remaining in the game. Carter also defended Purdues top scorer and preseason All-Big Ten recipient senior guard Courtney Moses holding her scoreless on the day. Carter ended the day with seven boards, four assists, three steals and one block while making five three pointers.
Jillian Halfhill, Bowling Green, Guard
Senior, Canfield, Ohio (Canfield)
Bowling Green senior point guard Jillian Halfhill led the Falcons to a 2-0 record and a tournament title at the Iona Tip-Off Tournament over the weekend. BGSU picked up an 11-point win over Michigan on Friday (Nov. 8), then topped the host school, Iona, the following afternoon (Nov. 9). Halfhill led the Falcons in scoring, and ranked second on the team in assists on the weekend. She tied for third on the team in steals (1.5 spg) and was fourth in rebounds. Halfhill made a team-high five three-point field goals in the two games, going 5-of-12 from the field for a 41.7% success rate, also a team best. Halfhill led all players with 18 points and five assists in the win over U-M, adding five rebounds and two steals while hitting four three-pointers. Against Iona, she had 10 points, including the winning layup when she split two defenders and scored with 16.8 seconds remaining. After BG forced a missed shot on the ensuing possession, Halfhill went to the floor to earn a jump ball with only 3.7 seconds to go, with the possession arrow pointing in the Falcons’ favor. Halfhill shot 47.4% from the field on the weekend.
Margeaux Gupilan, Buffalo, Guard
Senior, San Valley, CA / Bellarmine-Jefferson
Led the team with three steals, and keyed a defense that forced 17 turnovers and held Binghamton to just 17.2 percent shooting from the field in the first half of a 65-47 rout.
Niki DiGuilio, Central Michigan, Guard
Senior, Mount Vernon, Ohio/Mount Vernon
Central Michigan senior Niki DiGuilio opened the season on fire Sunday afternoon, knocking down 6-of-12 shots to score 20 points and lead the Chippewas to a 105-61 victory over Massachusetts. The senior opened both halves with triples from behind the arc and finished 4-for-10 from deep to move into sole possession of second all time in CMU history with 192 career three-point field goals. The double-digit scoring effort was the 41st of her career and it marked the eighth time in her career that she has scored 20-plus points. DiGuilio is now just 39 three-point field goals shy of setting the CMU record.
Cha Sweeney, Eastern Michigan, Guard
reshman, Toledo, Ohio-Rogers
Freshman Cha Sweeney (Toledo, Ohio-Rogers) was an offensive sparkplug for the Eagles in the victory over Madonna, Nov. 8, going 10-for-17 from the field for a total of 25 points, an average of one point for every minute she was on the court. The 5-foot-2 guard also added four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Sweeney’s 25-point performance marked the first time an EMU “true” freshman had scored more than 20 points in a game since Bianca Cage notched 25 at Western Michigan, Jan. 10, 2013. Sweeney's total is also the most by an Eagle in a season-opener since Tavelyn James dropped 42 points at Northeastern, Nov. 11, 2011...The Eagles will host their next game, Nov. 13 versus Butler University. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff inside the Convocation Center.
Rachel Mendelsohn, Kent State, Guard
Portland, Ore. / Jesuit
Mendelsohn drained a three with the Flashes down by two points and two seconds on the clock in overtime to secure a 75-74 victory in Kent State’s season-opener against Eastern Kentucky. She finished the night with a career-high 21 points. The sophomore stepped up to play 36 minutes off the bench and went 3-for-7 from beyond the arc and 4-for-5 from the free throw line.
Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois, Guard
Junior, Hobart, Ind. (Hobart)
Junior Amanda Corral led the Huskies in scoring and tied for the lead in assists in the Huskies season-opener at Green Bay last Friday. The junior scored 12 points, going 5-for-10 from the field with two three point baskets, and dished four assists. On the defensive, Corral had one block and two steals to complete her well rounded effort against 15-time defending Horizon League Champion and CollegeInsider.com's No. 4 Green Bay.
Kiyanna Black, Ohio, Guard
Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Africentric
Coming off the bench, sophomore guard Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) scored a career-high 35 points -- including eight three-pointers -- to help the Ohio women's basketball team (1-0) outduel Xavier (0-1), 94-88, in the 2013-14 season opener Sunday at the Convocation Center. Black's eight treys tied her with Cathy Zsall for second-most in a single game in school history. She shot 11-for-19 from the field. The victory is Ohio's fourth consecutive win in a season-opener and marks the first time they surpassed 90 points in a regular season game since 2008 (Western Michigan). The win marked the first of head coach Bob Boldon's tenure with the Bobcats. Ohio takes to the road for the first of six straight games away from Athens, visiting Morehead State on Saturday. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Miracle Woods, Western Michigan Forward
Sophomore, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Luers)
Sophomore Miracle Woods averaged 20 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 blocks over two games as Western Michigan opened the season with a 1-1 record, splitting road games at UMass and UAlbany. Woods recorded her fifth career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds, adding a career-high five blocks, to lead WMU to a 66-58 win at UMass Friday. Sunday against two-time defending America East champion UAlbany, Woods totaled 19 points and three rebounds. Woods was perfect from the free throw line, making a career best 11 attempts against the Great Danes. Over the two games, Woods shot 54.2 percent from the field, connecting on 13 of 24 field goal attempts.