SCOTT NETS FIRST CAREER MAC WEST WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE
the basketball court, Northern Illinois University sophomore Joi
Scott (Reynoldsburg, OH) might be the Mid-American Conference's
most soft-spoken player, preferring to rely on her actions on the
floor. After the six-foot center's performance in Tuesday's (March
2) victory spoke volumes, MAC commissioner Rick Chryst responded
by naming Scott as the league's West Division Player of the Week
on Thursday (March 4).
a game-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Huskies
past Ball State on Tuesday (March 2). That 82-62 triumph was enough
to give NIU a first-round home date in the first round of the MAC
tournament, creating a re-match between eighth-seeded Northern Illinois
and the ninth-seeded Cardinals. Scott was nine-of-13 from the field
and added two assists plus two blocked shots in 33 minutes.
Over her last
four games, the six-foot sophomore is averaging 19.7 points per
game on 58.5 percent (31-of-53) shooting from the field. She is
third in the conference with her season mark of 53.8 percent, having
scored in double figures in six consecutive contests and nine of
ten overall. That ten-game run includes rates of 15.3 points and
8.2 rebounds per game.
The MAC Freshman
of the Year last season, Scott currently leads the Huskies at 11.4
points per game this winter, while her 6.1 rebounds-per-game norm
is second on the team charts. Those numbers stand at 12.6 and 7.4,
respectively, in conference play, as her late-season surge also
includes a career-high 26-point, 16-rebound performance at Bowling
Green St. on Feb. 18.
certainly a well-deserved honor for Joi. Since the start of the
conference season, Joi has been very focused, working extremely
hard in practice," Northern Illinois coach Carol Hammerle said.
"She has scored a lot of points and has been very aggressive
on the boards.
Jennifer Youngblood (Rock Island) have been playing so well together,"
the Huskie sideline boss said of her frontcourt tandem. "They
really complement each other, and the perimeter players have such
trust in her ability, getting her the ball inside."
Kent State University
forward Lindsay Shearer and Ohio University forward Erin Isbell
shared East Division honors. Shearer gained her fourth award of
the season after posting 20 points and 15 rebounds in the Golden
Flashes' victory over regular-season champion Miami (OH), while
Isbell's first career honor recognized her 21-point, 10-rebound
effort in the Bobcats' victory over Buffalo.
Saturday's opening-round contest is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. at
the Convocation Center. The winner of that contest advances into
the quarterfinals, which take place Wednesday (March 10) at Cleveland's
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by Robert Hester