MAC East Player of the Week
Alexis Rogers, Bowling Green, Forward
Senior, West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West) (Duke Univ.)
Bowling Green senior forward Alexis Rogers averaged a team-high 16.0 points per game and shot 68.4% from the field in the Falcons’ two games last week. BGSU dismantled Massachusetts, 86-46, before losing a 57-48 decision on the road against nationally-ranked Purdue. BG was within two points in the final two minutes, before the Boilermakers hit free throws down the stretch for the nine-point margin. In the UMass game, Rogers had 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds, and hit 8-of-10 shots from the field in just 22 minutes. Rogers also added three assists and two steals. Then, at Purdue, Rogers again had 16 points and added five rebounds. She hit 5-of-9 shots from the floor and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. On the season, Rogers is averaging a team-best 12.7 points per game, and is second on the team with 7.7 rebounds per game. She paces the Falcons with a 55.6% field-goal percentage. The Falcons have a record of 9-2 heading into a game vs. Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday (Dec. 29).
MAC West Player of the Week
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard
Junior, Detroit, Mich.
Central Michigan junior Crystal Bradford continued her tear to the start of the season, averaging 23.0 points, 14.5 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game as the Chippewas split contests versus Prairie View A&M and #4 Notre Dame. Bradford posted double-doubles in each of the contests, pulling in 16 rebounds for the second-straight game to go with her 16 points versus Prairie View A&M while also matching her career high with seven steals. She followed her Wednesday performance up with a 30-point, 13-rebound and 5-steal showing versus the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish. Despite the Irish's attempt to stop her with All-Americans Jewel Loyd and Kayla McBride, Bradford continued to score, posting her second 30-plus game of the season and the third of her career. She also had five steals in the game on the defensive end. Bradford is now the only player in the MAC averaging a double-double with 21.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest.
Hanna Luburgh, Akron, Guard
Senior, Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley High School
Hanna Luburgh led the Zips offensively last week as Akron split a pair of games. On the road at Cincinnati, Luburgh posted a team-high 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists. She played all 40 minutes and only recorded one turnover. In UA's win over Rochester, Luburgh put up 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting in just 18 minutes on the floor. The effort included three 3-pointers and five boards. In the two games combined, the senior was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
Nathalie Fontaine, Ball State, Forward
Sophomore, Stockholm, Sweden
Fontaine scored the first basket for the Cardinals against No. 7 Louisville last Tuesday. Fontaine managed another 14 points for the game marking it the ninth straight time Fontaine has scored double digits this season. At Northern Kentucky, Fontaine earned a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. She helped the Cardinals to their 67-63 victory at NKU. For the week, Fontaine shot 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line. After averaging 14 points last week for Ball State, Fontaine has now scored in double digits 36 times out of 42 career games. Fontaine has 593 points for her career as a sophomore and needs seven to reach 600.
Kristin Sharkey, BUffalo, Forward
Junior, Manahawkin, NJ / Southern Regional
Kristin Sharkey put up back-to-back double doubles in a pair of rivalry games for the team over the past week, with 20 points and 10 rebounds in an overtime loss at St. Bonaventure Tuesday night, and a 12 point, 12 rebound game in a win at Niagara on Saturday. That gives her three double doubles this season, missing out on two others by just a single point. Of her 22 total rebounds in the week, 13 of them were offensive rebounds. She also had three steals between the two games.
Desyree Thomas, Eastern Michigan, Guard
Senior, Waterford, Mich. / Mott
Senior Desyree Thomas had a solid week as the Eagles went a perfect 2-0 at the Seawolves Holiday Classic Presented by Hilton Garden Inn in Stony Brook, N.Y., Dec. 21-22. During the two games, she averaged 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 4.0 assists in 33.5 minutes of work. Thomas also posted a 44.0 percent shooting percentage (11-of-25) as EMU surpassed its entire win total from the 2012-13 season . In the victory over Wagner, Thomas posted 17 points to go along with 5 rebounds and four steals. She followed it up with an 11 point, 6 rebound, 6 assist, 4 steal effort against Monmouth.
Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois, Guard
Junior, Hobart, Ind./Hobart
Amanda Corral was the Huskies leading scorer at South Dakota State and against Northern Iowa Saturday afternoon, Northern Illinois' first home game in a month. Corral was 12-for-27 (.444) from the field during the week, averaging 16 points per game... At South Dakota State, Corral accounted for 14 points in the contest, 12 of which came in the first half. She led the Huskies to a 7-0 run with six minutes remaining to give NIu a 23-22 lead. She also nailed a jumper at the buzzer to put NIU within three points at halftime, 30-27... Against UNICorral scored 18 in the game, including 12 in the second half, and added five rebounds, three assists and steal to her performance. The Huskies led or were tied with UNI for 39:46 of the game. Corral recorded her final assist of the day on Natecia Augusta's game-tying layup, 64-64, with 24 seconds left. The Panthers would score the go ahead layup with 2.7 seconds to take the contest.
Lexie Baldwin, Ohio, Forward
Sophomore, Hattiesburg, Miss./Hattiesburg
Baldwin posted her second career double-double in Ohio University's 76-47 loss at East Carolina last Friday (Dec. 20), tallying a team-high 11 points and 10 rebounds. Baldwin has reached double figures in scoring five times in 2013-14 - including each of the last two games. The contest marked the first time Baldwin has compiled double digit rebounds this season. Ohio (4-5) closes out December by taking part in the James Madison Tournament in Harrisonburg, Va. The Bobcats square off with host James Madison on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 2:30 p.m. ET, then will face either Norfolk State or UMBC the following day.
Inma Zanoguera, Toledo, Forward
Junior, Llucmajor, Spain
Junior Inma Zanoguera led four Rockets in double figures with 20 points, a squad-best eight caroms and four helpers in a season-high 39 minutes vs. Dayton on Sunday. Zanoguera shot an efficient 7-of-12 from the field, including 1-of-2 from three-point range, and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe to tally at least 20 points for a third time this season... Overall this season, Zanoguera may be the MAC’s most versatile player. The 2012-13 third-team all-league honoree currently ranks first in the league in minutes played (35.4 mpg) and free throw percentage (89.2%, 33-of-37), as well as ranking fifth in offensive boards (3.1 rpg), sixth in steals (2.4 spg) and overall field goal percentage (49.1%, 55-of-112), tied for seventh in scoring (14.5 ppg) and overall rebounding (8.6 rpg), ninth in defensive rebounds (5.5 rpg) and 13th in assists (2.9 apg).