SNARES YEAR'S INITIAL MAC WEST WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE
Mid-American Conference commissioner Rick Chryst announced the league's
first West Division Player of the Week honor of the season Monday
(Nov. 24), it shouldn't have come as a surprise to hear a Northern
Illinois University player's name. But which Huskie garnered the
award? That's another story.
Lindsay Secrest (Bloomfield, IN) took the spotlight for the first
time in her career. The Bloomfield, IN, native scored 16 points
in each of NIU's two games last week, leading the Huskies to a pair
of victories to open the regular season. She tallied 14 of her points
in the second half versus the University of Wisconsin on Sunday
(Nov. 23), hitting all four of her three-point attempts in the final
20 minutes of a 68-65 victory. She was five-of-nine from the field
and added two free throws plus a blocked shot against the Big Ten
Conference representative to give Northern Illinois its first win
in Madison since 1974.
the season with a six-of-11 shooting performance including a pair
of three-pointers with three assists against Loyola-Chicago last
Friday (Nov. 21). The 5-11 forward currently leads the Huskies with
her 16.0 points-per-game pace and lifted her career total to 141
three-point field goals---second in school history. She also now
needs 165 points to become the 21st player to reach 1,000 in a Northern
is well deserving of this honor, because she has been the most consistent
perimeter player on our squad this season," NIU coach Carol
Hammerle explained. "She has worked so hard and this is a tremendous
honor for her. I'm very proud and excited for her."
The award is
the first for the Huskie program since Jennifer Youngblood (Rock
Island) received the honor on Feb. 26, 2002, and comes in a week
when sophomore center Joi Scott (Reynoldsburg, OH) and senior guard
Monique Davis (Columbus, OH / Marion-Franklin) each recorded personal-best
scoring performances. Scott tallied 24 points in the victory over
Loyola-Chicago while Davis' 20 points at Wisconsin paced Northern
Illinois to that triumph. But Secrest's consistency drew the acclaim
from the conference office.
Kent State University
center Andrea Csaszar earned East Division honors. The 6-6 junior
registered 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots to lift
the Golden Flashes past Rice University 61-55 in their season-opener
on Friday. The contest was Csaszar's first in 18 months after missing
all of the 2002-03 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
She averaged 15.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game to garner Second-Team
All-MAC notice two years ago.
her teammates return to action Saturday (Nov. 29) when Western Illinois
University visits the Convocation Center for a 2:05 p.m. matinee.
A victory would give NIU its first 3-0 start in 13 seasons.
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by Robert Hester