B1G Women's Basketball POW & Scoring Leaders
Iowa and Rutgers Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards
Hawkeyes’ Clark and Scarlet Knights’ Guirantes share latest conference honors
Co-Player AND Freshman of the Week
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Fr. – G – West Des Moines, Iowa – Dowling Catholic – Major: Undeclared
• Recorded her first career triple-double on Dec. 22 with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in the Hawkeyes’ win over Western Illinois
• Posted the 10th triple-double in program history (tying for the second-most by one school in NCAA Division I history) and the first by an Iowa student-athlete since March 27, 2015 (Samantha Logic vs. Baylor in NCAA Sweet Sixteen at Oklahoma City)
• Had the first triple-double by a Big Ten freshman since Dec. 19, 2017, when Nebraska’s Kate Cain (22 points/14 rebounds/11 blocks) did so against Florida Atlantic
• Earns the third Big Ten Player of the Week award of her career
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Dec. 14, 2020)
• Collects the fourth Freshman of the Week award of her career
• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Caitlin Clark (Dec. 14, 2020)
Co-Player of the Week
Arella Guirantes, Rutgers
Sr. – G – Bellport, N.Y. – Bellport – Major: Global Sports Business (Master’s)
• Registered her first career triple-double on Dec. 23 with 17 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists in a win over Manhattan
• Tallied the third triple-double in program history and first by a Scarlet Knight since Feb. 8, 2011, when Khadijah Rushdan (13 points/10 rebounds/10 assists) pulled off the feat against Pittsburgh
• Joined Clark in posting the first triple-doubles on consecutive days in Big Ten women’s basketball history; the Big Ten also has three of the five triple-doubles recorded by NCAA Division I student-athletes this season (Indiana’s Grace Berger had one on Nov. 25 against Eastern Kentucky)
• Earns the fourth Big Ten Player of the Week award of her career, and the second this season
• Last Rutgers Player of the Week: Arella Guirantes (Dec. 21, 2020)
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Jaelynn Penn, Sr., G, IND: Collected a season-high 19 points, five rebounds, team-best four steals and three assists in the Hoosiers’ win at Big Ten foe Minnesota on Dec. 23
Julia Ayrault, So., G, MSU: Finished just shy of a double-double in Michigan State’s Dec. 22 win over Oakland, logging 14 points (6-8 FG) and nine rebounds in only 20 minutes of action
Kayana Traylor, Jr., G, PUR: Registered her second consecutive 20-point game on Dec. 23 in a conference win over Nebraska, winding up with 21 points and seven assists
Men’s Basketball MAC Preseason Poll Announced
CLEVELAND – On Thursday the Mid-American Conference announced it’s 2020-21 Men’s Basketball preseason poll.
The Western Michigan men’s basketball team was picked to finish 12th in the conference with 13 points. Bowling Green was picked to win the conference with 132 points and eight first-place votes.
Under first-year head coach Clayton Bates the Broncos return 10 from last year’s squad while welcoming five newcomers to the 2020-21 roster. Western Michigan returns four of its top six scorer’s from last season including All-MAC Freshman team honoree Titus Wright. Wright averaged 6.1 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 56.3 percent from the field last season.
WMU’s leading returning scorer is sophomore B.Artis White at 7.5 points per game. White shot 34.4 percent from the field and ranked second on the team with 51 three-pointers. Behind White is senior Rafael Cruz Jr. at 7.2 points per game. Playing in 29 games primarily off the bench, Cruz Jr., totaled 47 assists and was one of four Broncos to score over 200 points.
Western Michigan begins the 2020-21 campaign on the road at Butler on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. on FS1. As part of its non-conference schedule, WMU will also play Notre Dame on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m.
WMU’s remaining 2020-21 schedule will continue to be released as it is finalized.
Below is the MAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll and All-Conference teams:
2020-21 MAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll (First Place Votes)
1. Bowling Green (8) – 132 points
2. Ohio (1) – 117 points
3. Akron (2) – 115 points
4. Buffalo – 109 points
5. Ball State -104 points
6. Toledo (1) – 93 points
7. Kent State - 65 points
8. Eastern Michigan – 57 points
9. Miami – 48 points
10. Northern Illinois – 43 points
11. Central Michigan – 40 points
12. Western Michigan – 13 points
IAMI, Fla. - Jalisha Terry reached double figures for the fifth consecutive game scoring a season second-best 19 points going a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line with four assists and three steals leading Oakland to a 61-55 win over Jacksonville State to close out FIU Thanksgiving Classic play with a undefeated 2-0 mark on Sunday afternoon. Chloe Guingrich added 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting while Kayla Luchenbach chipped in with 10 points.
Guingrich and Luchenbach also lead the way on the glass with six rebounds each while Sydney Gouard and Brianna Breedy each grabbed five boards.
Defensively, Oakland posted 12 points off 14 turnovers while holding JSU to just 3-for-21 from 3-point range. In Classic play, the Golden Grizzlies held both opponents for a combined 7-for-36 (19.4%) from behind the arc.
Each team scored 13 points as Oakland led at the half, 30-24. The third and fourth quarters turned out the be mirror opposites as the Gamecocks outscored the Golden Grizzlies 21-10 to take 45-40 lead at the end of the frame.
Oakland returned the favor in the fourth quarter outscoring JSU 21-10 highlighted by a 11-1 run to take the lead, 51-46, at the 6:36 minute mark.
After JSU cut the lead to one at 51-50, Luchenbach added a pair of free throws and a layup followed by a pair of free throws from Terry, a jumper from Guingrich and another pair of free throws from Kahlaijah Dean to close out the game for good.
Oakland travels to Michigan on Sunday, Dec, 8 at 2 p.m.
PEORIA, Ill. -- Sept. 8- Mackenzie Schneider recorded eight kills, hitting .318, plus seven digs and seven service aces, tying the school record, as the Oakland volleyball team completed a five-set, come-from-behind win over Belmont Saturday at the CEFCU Bradley Invite.
Brittany Welch led all players with 18 kills, and added nine digs and three blocks.
Abby Neidinger recorded a career high 16 kills and a .406 hitting percentage. Also registering double digit kills was Jamie Walling with 13.
Lindsay Wightman (16), Madison Ross (14) and Katelyn Johnson (10) each recorded double digit digs, while Megan Hobler and Jessica Reidl each led Oakland with five blocks. Hobler was named to the all-tournament team after a stellar defensive outing on the weekend, recording 18 total blocks, good for 1.38 blocks per set, in the three matches.
The Golden Grizzlies (4-2) will return to action on Sept. 10 with a home match against Bowling Green.