MAC Announces Women's Basketball Players of the Week

Updated 1/20/2014

 

MAC East Player of the Week
Mackenzie Loesing, Buffalo, Guard
Sophomore, Cincinnati, OH / St. Ursula Academy
Averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, three assists and four steals despite playing just 31 minutes per game in the team's wins over Toledo and Eastern Michigan... scored 15 points with five rebounds and four steals, helping hold Toledo to just 25.7 percent from the field in the win Wednesday night... scored 26 points - her sixth 20-point game of the season - in the win over Eastern Michigan... hit the game-winning shot with just 2.5 seconds left in overtime to beat the Eagles 84-83...  hit 7-8 free throw attempts over the two games. 
 
MAC West Player of the Week
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Guard
Junior, Detroit, Mich./Inkster
Central Michigan junior Crystal Bradford did something no player in CMU history had ever done before to cap off yet another superb week on the hardwood. Bradford scored 13 points, pulled down 15 rebounds, recorded a career-high eight steals, blocked a program record seven shots and dished out five assists to help CMU remain perfect at 5-0 in the MAC with a thrilling 82-79 overtime win over previously undefeated Bowling Green. Bradford, who already ranks in the top 10 at CMU in scoring, blocks and field goals made, moved into the top 10 in program history in career rebounds and career steals with her standout performance against the Falcons. The double-double was her sixth-straight and league best 12th of the season. Fresh off being named MAC West POTW for the second-straight week and fourth time this season, Bradford began the week by torching Northern Illinois with 27 points, 15 rebounds, five steals , three blocks and three assists. The junior finished the week averaging 20.0 points, 15.0 rebounds, 6.5 steals, 5.0 blocks and 4.0 assists per game. She has recorded 15-plus rebounds in three straight and a total of five times this season. Through three weeks of conference play, the junior ranks first in MAC play in rebounds (14.2), assists (5.6) and steals (3.6), second in scoring (19.6) and blocks (2.4) and fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).
 
Other Nominees:
Rachel Tecca, Akron, Forward
Senior, Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban HS
Rachel Tecca continued her double figure scoring streak last week in Akron's two games against Miami and Kent State. Tecca posted 15 points, six rebounds and three steals at Miami, before picking up her fourth double-double of the season against Kent State. The senior helped the Zips to a 7-1 record at home with a game-high 24 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, including a 14-for-16 performance from the free throw line. Tecca has scored in double digits in all 16 games this year, and 13 of those performances have been 20 points or more. 
 
Nathalie Fontaine, Ball State, Forward
Sophomore, Stockholm, Sweden 
Nathalie Fontaine led Ball State in scoring this week with 20 points against Bowling Green and then repeating that 20-point performance at Ohio.  Fontaine helped the Cardinals to one of its best performances in the paint against Bowling Green with 36 points while BGSU only scored eight.  She also helped the Cardinals out-rebound the Falcons 31-to-29.   Fontaine scored four straight layups in the opening minutes against the Bobcats.  For the game she went 8-of-11 (.727) from the field.  She contributed to the Cardinals 58.7 shooting percentage for the game while helping the Cardinals hold Ohio to a 37.7 shooting mark.  For the week she shot .593 percent from the field (16-of-27) and 50 percent from the three point line.  
 
Alexis Rogers, Bowling Green, Guard
Senior, West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West) (Duke Univ.)
Bowling Green senior forward Alexis Rogers led the Falcons in scoring as BGSU split a pair of games on the road last week. The Falcons posted a 72-61 win at Ball State on Wednesday, then dropped a narrow 82-79 decision in overtime against MAC preseason favorite Central Michigan.  Rogers averaged 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, shooting 52.2% from the field (12-of-23) and 76.9% from the free-throw line (10-of-13).  Rogers had 15 points and five rebounds in the win at Ball State, with 14 of those points coming in the second half as the Falcons erased a three-point halftime deficit for the win.  At CMU, Rogers led the Falcons with 20 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and the 20th of her career.  Rogers again had 14 points in the second half, adding seven rebounds in that time. On the season, Rogers is averaging a team-leading 13.4 points, along with 8.2 rebounds.  She is shooting 53.8% from the floor, leading the Falcons and ranking second in the MAC in that category. The Falcons are 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the MAC heading into a Thursday (Jan. 23) game vs. Eastern Michigan.
 
Janay Morton, Eastern Michigan, Guard  
Freshman, Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Osseo
Freshman Janay Morton had a great offensive week for the Eagles during a 1-1 week. In 30.5 minutes per game, Morton averaged 22.5 points,2.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals versus Western Michigan and Buffalo. Following an 11 point effort against the Broncos, the Minnesota native  posted a career-high 34 points and seven three-pointers versus the Bulls.  Morton became part of an elite group, as she now ranks 15th in the EMU laurels for most points scored in a single contest.  Her seven three-pointers also put her in a tie for fifth-most made in a single game, and the most by an EMU student-athlete since Tavelyn James drained a record 10 treys against Kent State University, Feb. 11, 2012.  Furthermore, her 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from beyond the arc ranks 12-best in EMU history.  Morton also tied for a team-high in steals in the overtime setback.  
 
Hannah Robertson, Miami, Guard
Senior, New Albany, Ohio/New Albany
Hannah Robertson had a strong week, leading Miami in scoring in both games. In leading the RedHawks to their first MAC win against Akron on Wednesday, Robertson finished with 18 points and 3 rebounds in 35 minutes of action. Her layup, followed by four consecutive free throw makes in the final minute helped secure the victory. She followed it up with 16 points and 7 rebounds in 26 minutes against Northern Illinois. For the week, Robertson shot .417 (10-for-24), and was 4-for-10 (40 percent) from the three-point line.
 
Danny Pulliam, Northern Illinois, Guard
Junior, Indianapolis, Ind./Pike
Junior Danny Pulliam was the Huskies most consistent scorer as she led Northern Illinois on the road at Central Michigan and Miami in scoring with 17.0 points per game. Against the MAC West's No. 1 team, Central Michigan, Pulliam led the Huskies with 18 points, going 4-for-6 from behind the three point line. Pulliam and the Huskies limited CMU to 65 points in the game, it's second-lowest output since scoring 63 versus No. 2 Duke and Kansas... At Miami, Pulliam scored 16 points and was one rebound away from her first career double-double, finishing with nine. The junior also dished four assists against the Redhawks. Pulliam was 5-for-9 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line at Millett Hall to help Northern Illinois secure its first MAC road win of the season... For the week, Pulliam was 12-of-20 (.600) shooting and 5-of-10 (.500) behind the three-point line.
 
Kiyanna Black, Ohio, Guard
Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Africentric
Black led the Ohio University women's basketball (8-8, 3-2 MAC) in the third week of Mid-American Conference play with 17.0 points per game, averaging a team-high 6.0 fields goals made per game, 3.5 three-point field goals made per game and 3.5 steals per game. Black scored 11 points and recorded a career-high five steals to help the Bobcats overcome a four-point halftime deficit last Wednesday (Jan. 15) and post a 75-69 victory at Kent State University. She followed it up by scoring a game-high 23 points to go along with three assists and two steals in a 79-63 setback to Ball State University last Saturday (Jan. 18) at the Convocation Center. Through 16 games, Black leads Ohio with 13.5 points per game, 13.0 field goal attempts per game, 4.3 field goals made per game, 8.3 three-point field goal attempts per game, 2.5 three-point field goals made per game and is tied for the team lead with 1.8 steals per game. She has led the team in scoring a team-high seven times and has reached double figures a team-high nine times in 2013-14. Black has reached double digits in scoring in each of the last four games. The second-place Bobcats will battle third-place University of Akron in a MAC East Division showdown at James A. Rhodes Arena on Thursday (Jan. 23).
 
Marquisha Harris, Western Michigan, Forward
Junior, Moline, Ill,./Moline
Western Michigan junior forward Marquisha Harris averaged 14.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, as well as a block and a steal, as WMU split a pair of games last week. At Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, Harris totaled 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. In the Broncos' 78-72 win over defending MAC West champion Toledo on Saturday, Harris recorded 16 points, nine rebounds, a career-high five assists, and two steals. She scored 13 of those 16 points and had seven of her nine rebounds in the second half, to help hold off a UT comeback. It was WMU's first win over UT in the last four tries. For the week, Harris shot 44.8 percent from the floor (13-for-29).