MAC Announces Women's Basketball Players of the Week
February 4, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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 led the Falcons in scoring as BGSU went 2-0 on the week, with a pair of road wins. Rogers averaged 21.0 points, along with 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in wins at Ohio and Toledo. Rogers had a game-high 20 points, along with seven rebounds, in the Falcons’ 78-62 win at Ohio on Thursday night. She also had five assists, setting a new career high, in the victory. Her three-point field goal with 6:51 remaining gave the Falcons the lead for good, and she was 11-of-12 from the free-throw line in the win. On Sunday, Rogers had a double-double, leading all players with 22 points and 12 rebounds, in BG’s 66-59 win at Toledo. Rogers had 16 of her points in the second half as BG again erased a halftime deficit. She tied her career best by making three three-point field goals. On the week, Rogers shot 52.4% from the field, going 11-of-21. She hit 4-of-10 three-pointers (40%), and went 16-of-21 (76.2%) at the free-throw line. On the season, Rogers is averaging a team-leading 14.3 points, along with 8.4 rebounds. She is shooting 52.8% from the floor, leading the Falcons and ranking second in the MAC in that category. In MAC games only, she has 16.7 points and 9.4 boards per game. The Falcons are 18-3 overall and 8-1 in the MAC heading into a Wednesday (Feb. 5) game vs. Western Michigan.
MAC West Player of the Week
Jas'Mine Bracey, Central Michigan, Forward
Junior, Saginaw, Mich./Inkster HS
Central Michigan junior forward Jas'Mine Bracey posted a pair of double-doubles to lead Central Michigan to a pair of victories over Eastern Michigan and Ohio to remain perfect in Mid-American Conference play. Bracey set new career highs with 25 points and 16 rebounds in a 82-67 win over Eastern Michigan to start the week before posting game highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds in an 80-63 victory over Ohio Sunday afternoon. The junior averaged 21.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game while shooting 76 percent (19-for-25) from the floor. She has posted eight double-doubles this season and is now just one of three players averaging double figures in scoring and rebounding during MAC play.
Rachel Tecca, Akron, Forward
Senior, Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban HS
Rachel Tecca posted a pair of double-doubles and shot a combined 60.9 percent from the field last week to help Akron extend its winning streak to five games. In UA's first victory over Toledo in five years, Tecca posted 17 points and 11 rebounds. She also dished out a career-best six assists, a mark which she matched in the Zips' victory over Buffalo. Tecca put up 28 points and 15 boards against UB, eight of which came on the offensive glass. The senior also issued a 14-of-17 performance from the free throw line and did not commit a turnover in 34 minutes of action. She has made more free throws this season (138) than any player in the MAC has attempted. Tecca is the only player in the East Division currently averaging a double-double in league play, and is just two rebounds away from reaching 1,000 for her career.
Brandy Woody, Ball State, Guard
Senior, Thorntown, Ind. (Western Boone)
Ball State was led by the 21 points of Brandy Woody, who also added a team-high seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Cardinals win Wednesday over Western Michigan. A layup from Woody helped the Cardinals go on a 21-5 scoring run over 10 minutes of play to take a 47-39 advantage in the second half at the 3:17 mark. Woody helped Ball State to hold onto the lead for the victory after attacking the basket for two points with just a minute remaining. Woody chipped in 13 points at Kent State Sunday. For the week Woody averaged 17.0 points per game, 5.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
Mackenzie Loesing, Buffalo, Guard
Sophomore, Cincinnati, OH / St. Ursula Academy
Averaged 24.5 points, six rebounds and 2.5 steals per game over a pair of games in the week, averaging 35 minutes per game… scored 19 points and made four steals to go with six rebounds in the team's 58-56 win over Miami… set a new career high with 30 points in the team's 101-92 loss at Akron… she shot 58 percent (11-19) from the floor and hit a career-high six three pointers against the Zips.
Cha Sweeney, Eastern Michigan, Guard
Freshman, Toledo, Ohio / Rogers
Freshman Cha Sweeney had a another strong offense week, averaging 25.0 points, 3.0 steals, 2.0 assists, and 1.5 rebounds a contest. For the week, she was 20-of-46 from the floor, including going 6-of-15 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Versus Central Michigan, Sweeney tallied a career-high 26 points on 11-of-23 shooting to go along with a pair of assists and steals. Against the RedHawks of Miami, the EMU freshman led her team in scoring with 24 points due to the help of four triples, while swiping four steals on the afternoon.
Montia Johnson, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Springfield, Mo./Cowley College
In Wednesday’s game at Northern Illinois, Johnson recorded a double-double for the Flashes with 16 points and 10 rebounds, including a block and two steals. She was a big part of Kent State’s defensive effort in the win over Ball State on Sunday despite only playing 18 minutes. Although only scoring three points, she grabbed 13 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass that allowed extra opportunities for the Golden Flashes.
Jillian Spurlock, Miami, Guard
Freshman, Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton
Jillian Spurlock was dominant in the second half in both games she played this week. Against Buffalo on Wednesday she was held scoreless in the first half. She came back with a vengeance in the second half, finishing with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting. For the game she also finished with six rebounds, an assist and two steals in 32 minutes of action. In the win against EMU on Sunday, Spurlock only had one point at halftime. She scored 19 more in the second half, finishing the game with a team-high 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting. She also had seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in 28 minutes of action. For the week, Spurlock shot 57.1 percent (12-for-21), and is now shooting 46.3 percent from the wing position on the season.
Danny Pulliam, Northern Illinois, Guard
Junior, Indianapolis, Ind./Pike
Junior Danny Pulliam was the Huskies most consistent player last week, averaging 10.0 points last week in the Huskies split versus Kent State and Western Michigan. Pulliam scored nine points in NIU's best defensive performance of the season at it held the Golden Flashes to only 43 points, a season-low. Northern Illinois had four players reach double-figures and Pulliam was one-of-two players to score nine points in the team effort. Against the Broncos, Pulliam led the Huskies with 11 points and was 5-for-11 from the field with a block at University Arena. For the week, Pulliam shot .409 from the field.
Kiyanna Black, Ohio, Guard
Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Africentric
Black led the Ohio University women's basketball team (8-12, 3-6 MAC) last week, averaging 14.5 points per game. She tallied a team-high 12 points and three steals in a 78-62 loss to Bowling Green last Thursday (Jan. 30) at the Convocation Center, then followed it up with a team-high 17 points at in an 80-63 loss at Central Michigan on Sunday (Feb. 2). Black achieved double digits for the third straight game, eighth time in the last 10 games and 12th time this season. The sophomore guard is Ohio's top scorer in 2013-14, averaging 13.5 points per game. Ohio concludes its two-game road swing with a visit to Mid-American Conference East Division foe Buffalo on Thursday (Feb. 6). The opening tip is scheduled for noon ET.
Western Michigan, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Luers)
Sophomore Miracle Woods averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as Western Michigan split a pair of games this past week. Woods had nine points and five rebounds at Ball State Wednesday and then had 20 points and six boards Saturday against Northern Illinois. Both of her point totals were team game highs. For the week, Woods shot 9-for-14 from the field - 64.3 percent. Western Michigan improved its overall record to 9-11 and 5-4 in the MAC.