MAC East Player of the Week:
Carly Young, Akron, Forward
Senior, Frazeysburg, Ohio/Tri-Valley High School
Carly Young put together a career performance to lead Akron to its ninth-straight win on its home floor in an 88-70 triumph over George Mason. Young shot 60.0 percent from the field (9-for-15) for a career-high 26 points, including three 3-pointers, in just 28 minutes of action. The senior also pulled down 12 rebounds, seven of which were on the offensive glass, for her third double-double of the season. UA led by just five at halftime, but Young scored 19 of her points in the second half and connected on 5-of-6 attempts at the free throw line for the game.
MAC West Player of the Week:
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard
Junior, Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS
Central Michigan junior Crystal Bradford scored six of her McGuirk Arena 34 points in the final 21 seconds, including the game-winning three with 0.2 seconds left to give the Chippewas a 94-91 win over Dayton on Thursday, Dec. 5. Bradford scored 16 first-half points to help the Maroon and Gold claim a 46-40 lead at the break, but it was her heroics down the stretch that allowed CMU to come from behind and claim a victory in their home opener. Down six with 27 seconds to play, Bradford dribbled up the court and hit a pull-up three with 21 seconds remaining. After a pair of missed free throws by the Flyers, Bradford assisted on Taylor Johnson's game-tying three with 5.7 seconds. The junior then took a pass from Johnson, who stole the ensuing inbounds pass, and hit a game-winning fall-away three with 0.2 seconds remaining to cement herself in the record books of McGuirk Arena and earn the No. 2 spot on ESPN's SportsCenter's Top Plays. Bradford finished the night 13-for-20 from the field, including 5-for-8 from three to match her career high for three-point field goals made. She also pulled down 12 rebounds in the contest for her 26th career double-double.
Jill Morrison, Ball State, Guard
Freshman, Winchester, Ind./Winchester
Morrison paced the Cardinals to an 85-77 victory against Western Michigan Saturday in Worthen Arena. Morrison scored a career-high 26 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field plus added four rebounds and two assists. Morrison was the key to Ball State's 40-22 first half splurge as she connected on 5-of-6 three pointers and made 4-for-4 free throws for a 19-point first half. Morrison has scored in doubles figures for the last four contests. The true freshman is averaging 12.0 points per game while leading the team in free throw percentage (.926) and has made 17 three pointers for the season.
Deborah Hoekstra, Bowling Green, Guard
Junior, East Lansing, Mich. (East Lansing)
Bowling Green junior guard Deborah Hoekstra continued her stellar play of the last few weeks. Hoekstra set a career scoring high for the second-straight game, with a game-high 19 points in the Falcons’ lone game of the week, an 87-64 win over Milwaukee. Hoekstra made 8-of-11 shots from the field, and was a perfect 7-of-7 on shots inside the three-point line. In addition to points, Hoekstra also set a career rebounding high with six boards. Her field goals made and attempted totals also set career bests. Hoekstra has scored in double figures in four games this season, including in each of the last three contests, wins over Ohio State, Monmouth and Milwaukee. In those three wins, Hoekstra has averaged 16.0 points and made 19-of-25 shots from the field (76.0%). She entered this season with a total of two double-digit scoring games in her career. On the season, Hoekstra is averaging 7.9 points and 2.2 rebounds. She has 71 points, and has already topped her total for all of last season. Hoekstra has hit a total of 24 field goals this year to date, more than her total for her first two years combined. On the season, Hoekstra is shooting 57.1% from the field and 43.5% (10-of-23) from three-point range. The Falcons have a record of 8-1 heading into a home game vs. Massachusetts on Sunday (Dec. 15).
Kristen Sharkey, Buffalo, Forward
Junior, Manahawkin, NJ / Southern Regional
Scored nine points with ten rebounds and two blocks against St. Francis… was unstoppable against Siena, hitting 10-12 shots from the field en route to a game-high 23 points, adding six rebounds and two blocks.
Desyree Thomas, Eastern Michigan, Guard
Senior, Waterford, Mich. / Mott
Senior Desyree Thomas has another solid week for the Eagles as they remained the only undefeated team in the Mid-American Conference with a pair of wins over Loyola, Dec. 4, and UMKC, Dec. 7. On the week, she averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 48.0 percent (12-of-25). Thomas had one of the best games of her career in the Eagles' 18-point victory at Loyola. The Waterford, Mich. native picked up her second career double-double, posting 15 points and 11 assists in 30 minutes of work. To add to the impressive feat, the Waterford, Mich. native had zero turnovers and she also equalled her career-high with seven steals. The 11 helpers are tied for the 11th most in a single game in the program's 38-year history. Against UMKC, she followed it up with 17 points, six assists and four rebounds in 32 minutes.
Ashley Evans, Kent State, Guard
Senior, Lorain, Ohio/Cloud Community College
Evans was a leader on the court this week in two big games for Kent State. She was the leading scoring in the Flashes’ biggest win in three years on Wednesday night and then also led the way in scoring in a heartbreaking buzzer-beater loss on Sunday. Besides 13.5 ppg, Evans also had six assists and four steals. She went 5-for-6 at the line (83%) this week, including sinking both shots with seven seconds remaining in the Sunday’s game to give Kent State a one point lead.
Kindsay Brandt, Miami, Guard
Junior, West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West/Cincinnati State
Brandt had a breakout week for the RedHawks, leading the team with an average of 16.0 points per game while coming off the bench in two road wins. She shot 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) from the field, including an impressive 6-for-9 (66.7 percent) from three-point range. She was clutch from the line, hitting 10-for-11 free throws, including helping seal the victory over NKU with four free throws in the final minute. Against the Norse on Saturday, Brandt had a career-high 23 points. That included five 3-point makes and a 6-for-7 performance from the free throw line. She had an assist and a steal in 28 minutes of action. Against Youngstown State on Wednesday, Brandt had nine points and a career-high five assists in 24 minutes of action.
Danny Pulliam, Northern Illinois, Guard
R-Freshman, Indianapolis, Ind./Pike
Redshirt junior Danny Pulliam was the heart and soul for the Huskies in their 57-52 win at in-state rival Illinois State Dec. 5. Pulliam scored a career-high 16 points against the Redbirds, going 10-of-16 from the free throw line and 3-of-5 from the field, while also dishing four assists, committing zero turnovers and acquiring two steals. Pulliam’s fiery play aided Northern Illinois to its first victory over Illinois State since 2006 and the Huskies first win at Redbird Arena since December 2002.
Quiera Lampkins, Ohio, Guard
Freshman, Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln
Lampkins achieved her first career double-double with a career-high 15 points and 11 rebounds in Ohio University women's basketball's 76-64 loss at Cleveland State University last Thursday (Dec. 5) at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland. She helped the Bobcats pile up 51 rebounds -- the most for the program since Ohio piled up 52 boards on Nov. 26, 2011, against Chicago State. Lampkins also dished out a career-high three assists. Ohio returns home to Athens to host Notre Dame College on Saturday (Dec. 14) in its lone home game in the month of December. Tip time at the Convocation Center is scheduled for 11 a.m. EST.
Inma Zanoguera, Toledo, Forward
Junior, Llucmajor, Spain
Junior Inma Zanoguera averaged team highs in points (12.5 ppg), rebounds (12.0 rpg) and minutes played (38.0 mpg) in the two games of the Toledo Invite over the weekend, en route to earning all-tourney team honors for a third time in as many occasions this season. Zanoguera opened the weekend with 18 points, 11 caroms and a career-tying best five steals vs. Detroit on Friday. The following afternoon vs. Valpo, the third-year Rocket totaled seven points, a squad-best 13 boards, season-tying high four assists and two thefts. She has now paced the team in scoring and rebounding on six occasions this year.
Jazmine Windham, Western Michigan, G/F
Junior, Indianapolis, Ind. (Ben Davis)
Western Michigan's Jazmine Windham scored a career-high 19 points and had seven rebounds in the Broncos' loss to IUPUI on Dec. 4. Windham shot 6-for-13 from the field (46.1 %) and made three of seven three-point attempts. Windham's previous career high was 18 points. Her seven rebounds were also a season high.