MAC Announces Women's Basketball Players of the Week - See more at: http://www.mac-sports.com/tabid/
March 3, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
MAC East Player of the Week
Rachel Tecca, Akron, Forward
Senior, Tallmadge, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban HS
Rachel Tecca recorded back-to-back double-doubles and shot 54.8 percent from the field to help Akron extend its winning streak to 12-straight games last week. The senior broke UA's single-season scoring record of 609 points, a mark she set last year in 33 games. In a win over Miami, Tecca scored 21 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, grabbed four steals and dished out three assists in 27 minutes on the court. On the road at Kent State, Tecca led all scorers with 29 points and 13 rebounds. She scored 18 of her points in the second half, shooting 7-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the free throw line after halftime. Tecca has posted 10 double-doubles this season and 37 for her career. She has consistently ranked in the top-15 in the country in total points this year, currently with 635.
MAC West Player of the Week
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Gaurd
Junior, Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS
Central Michigan junior Crystal Bradford continued to build her resume for MAC Player of the Year, averaging 29.5 points, 14.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in a pair of battle-hardened victories against West Division foes Ball State and Toledo. Bradford matched career highs with 36 points and five three-point field goals in a 85-72 overtime victory over Ball State on Thursday, scoring 25 of her points in the second-half and overtime as CMU erased a seven-point deficit with less than two minutes to play to force OT. Despite battling foul trouble for the entirety of Sunday's game at Toledo, Bradford capped the week by scoring 23 points and pulling down 12 rebounds to help the Chippewas secure a bye to the semifinals of the conference tournament with a 80-77 win over Toledo. Bradford continued to climb the CMU record book as she now ranks in the top five all time in scoring, rebounding, steals, blocks and field goals made as just a junior. She also moved into the top 10 all time in career assists with her 10 dimes over the two games.
Nathalie Fontaine, Ball State Forward/Guard
Sophomore, Stockholm, Sweden
Fontaine started the week scoring 15 points at Central Michigan. The Cardinals took the MAC leader into overtime for the second time this season. Ball State then continued its two-game road series in Michigan when it traveled to Western Michigan Saturday. Fontaine led all scorers with a 23-point performance helping the Cardinals pull out a 79-73 victory over the Broncos to complete this seasons series sweep over WMU. Fontaine has now scored over 20 points nine times this season and 11 for her career. She has scored in double digits 51 times out of 58 games. Fontaine now has 873 points for her career as a sophomore. With three games remaining, Fontaine could become just the
second Ball State player in program history to reach 900 points by the end of her sophomore year. Tamara Bowie (1999-2003) was the fi rst to accomplish the feat with 943.
Alexis Rogers, Bowling Green, Forward
Senior, West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West) (Duke Univ.)
Bowling Green senior forward Alexis Rogers shot a blistering 75 percent from the field, led the Falcons in scoring and tied for the team assists lead as BGSU went 2-0 on the week to improve the team’s current win streak to a season-high 11 games. Rogers averaged 14.5 points in just 26.5 minutes per game, and also had 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per contest. She tied for the team steals lead on the week, went 12-of-16 from the field, and and spearheaded a BG defense that allowed opponents to score just 38.5 points per game and shoot only 29.3% from the field in last week’s two games. In Thursday’s 82-38 win over Kent State, Rogers had 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. She also had three assists and four steals in just 24 minutes of work. On Sunday, Rogers scored 11 points and had a game-high four assists in the Falcons’ 63-39 win on ‘Senior Day’ at the Stroh Center. On the season, Rogers is averaging a team-leading 14.4 points, along with 8.1 rebounds to rank second on the Falcons in boards. She is shooting 54.6% from the floor, leading the MAC in FG pct. In MAC games only, she has 15.8 points and 8.5 boards per game to lead BG in both categories. The Falcons are 25-3 overall and 15-1 in the MAC heading into a Wednesday (March 5) game at Miami.
Kristen Sharkey, Buffalo, Forward
Junior, Manahawkin, NJ / Southern Regional
Junior forward Kristen Sharkey would hit 10-11 free throws in the second half and scored 22 points with 14 rebounds to lead the Bulls to a 74-61 win at Miami on Saturday afternoon. The Redhawks would erase a double-digit UB lead late in the second half, pulling within four points with six minutes left in the game. Sharkey would personally assure the comeback would not be completed, hitting eight straight free throws in the final five minutes of the game. With a game-high 22 points, it makes the ninth 20-point game in this career year. She would also match a career high with the 14 boards, six coming on offense.
Cha Sweeney, Eastern Michigan, Guard
Freshman, Toledo, Ohio / Rogers
Freshman Cha Sweeney had a another strong offense week, averaging a team-best 23.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists a contest. For the week, she was 17-of-42 from the floor, including going 8-of-13 at the free throw stripe. On Feb. 26 at Western Michigan, Sweeney made a free throw with just 34 seconds left in the game to become the all-time freshman scoring leader in EMU women’s basketball history. The Toledo, Ohio native passed the program’s all-time points leader, Tavelyn James, who recorded 426 points during her 2008-09 freshman season. Sweeney finished with a career-best 33 points on 12-of-31 shooting against the Broncos and is just the third EMU freshman to surpass the 400-point scoring margin as she joins James and Ryan Coleman on the coveted list. She followed it up with a 13-point effort in the home win over Northern Illinois, March, 2, also distributing three assists in the game. Furthermore, Sweeney now ranks 11th among first-year players in Mid-American Conference history with 445 points. At her current pace of 16.5 points a game she could still surpass Casey Rost, WMU (450), Crystal Bradford, CMU (455), Jackie Motycka, BGSU (472) and Caroline Mast, Ohio (488) for seventh place.
Jazmine Harris, Northern Illinois, Forward
Freshman, West Allis, Wis.
Freshman Jazmine Harris was third last week for the Huskies in scoring with a 9.5 point clip, but led Northern Illinois in rebounding with an average of 8.5 boards. Harris posted a career-high nine rebounds in an overtime win, where she also scored 12 points in the contest. At Eastern Michigan Sunday, the freshman scored seven points with eight rebounds in the effort.
Quiera Lampkins, Ohio, Guard
Freshman, Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln
Lampkins put forth a career-best 27-point performance to go along with three assists as the Ohio University women's basketball team roared to victory over Buffalo, 83-71, last Thursday (Feb. 27) at the Convocation Center. The bulk of her points came from the charity stripe, where she set a school record by sinking 17 of her 21 free throws. Holly Skeen converted 15 freebies on Feb. 26, 1994 to set the previous mark. The Bobcats went 32-of-43 from the free throw line in the contest — including 24-for-29 In the second half. Lampkins averaged 16.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in two conference games for Ohio last week. The Bobcats (9-18, 4-12 MAC) host MAC rival Kent State on Wednesday (March 5) in their 2013-14 home finale at the Convo. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
Andola Dortch, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Akron, OH
Senior Andola Dortch averaged 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, a team-high 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals in two games this past week. Dortch shot 40.0% (8-of-20) from the field, including 33.3 percent (1-of-3) from three-point land, and a squad-best 80.0 percent (12-of-15) from the free throw line in 41.0 minutes per contest. The fifth-year Rocket scored in double figures in both games and has now tallied at least 10 points in a season-best eight-consecutive contests. She opened the week with a team-high 14 points, five caroms and a squad-best three helpers in a season-high 43 minutes at Northern Illinois on Thursday. Three days later against Central Michigan, Dortch totaled 15 points, a contest-best eight dimes, seven boards and two thefts in 39 minutes.
Marquisha Harris, Western Michigan, Forward
Junior, Moline, Ill,./Moline
Michigan junior forward Marquisha Harris continued her impressive play, averaging 22.0 points and 6.5 rebounds, while totaling three steals and a block as WMU split a pair of games this past week. Harris shot 56.7 percent from the floor, making 17 of 30 field goal attempts. In the Broncos' 81-72 win over Eastern Michigan, she shot 10-for-15 from the field and had a team-high 28 points, as well as eight rebounds. It was her third-straight game with 20 or more points. The victory was WMU's 12th overall, surpassing last season’s win mark. In the Broncos' outing against Ball State, Harris totaled again had a team-high with 16 points and contributed five rebounds.