2011-12 NCAC Women's Basketball Players of the Week

February 19th

Maureen Hirt, Kenyon
(Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 48 (24.0)
FG/FGA: 11/25
3FG/3FGA: 4/13 (.308)
FT/FTA: 22/25 (.880)
Rebounds: 10 (5 rpg)
Steals: 2

Kenyon sophomore guard Maureen Hirt’s sophomore season has been one for the Kenyon record book. Her 457 points are the third-most by a Lady, her 18.3 ppg scoring average ranks ninth all-time, her 82 three-pointers also is third on the single-season chart and her .451 three-point percentage is far and away the best ever by a Kenyon player.  Last week, Hirt scored 48 points in two games, including going 22-of-25 from the charity stripe, grabbed 10 rebounds and had two steals.

February 12th

Erica Restich, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, PA/Chartiers Valley)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 39 (19.5 ppg)         
FG/FGA: 14/30 (.467)
FT/FTA: 3/3 (1.000)
3FG/3FGA: 8/16 (.500)       
Rebounds: 23 (11.5 rpg)         
Assists: 14 (7 apg)
Steals: 3

Sophomore Erica Restich had a huge week, starting with her performance against Hiram on Wednesday. In a crucial road game for the Gators, Restich turned in the greatest game of her career.  She scored 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting, grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds, and dished out a career-high ten assists to record Allegheny’s first triple-double in more than 25 years. Erica had just as big an impact in Saturday’s overtime loss against Denison, tying a season-high with 25 points.  

February 5th

Ali Ross, DePauw
(Lexington, KY/Lafayette)

GP/GS: 3/3
Points: 41 (13.7 ppg)         
FG/FGA: 14/28 (.500)
3FG/3FGA: 7/16 (.438)        
FT/FTA: 6/6 (1.000)
Assists: 9 (3 apg)       
Rebounds: 4 (1.3 rpg)               Steals: 8            

DePauw sophomore guard Ali Ross led the Tigers to their first NCAC championship last week as she averaged 13.7 points, three assists, 2.7 steals and 1.3 rebounds. She scored 18 points and added four assist and three steals during the Tigers conference-clinching victory over Hiram. The conference championship is the third straight for DePauw and the 13th in Kris Huffman’s 19 years as head coach.  

January 29th

Tiffany Shields, Hiram
(Bedford Hts., OH/Bedford) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 30 (15.0 ppg)         
FG/FGA: 11/32 (.344)
3FG/3FGA: 5/9 (.556)
FT/FTA: 3/8 (.375)
Rebounds: 17 (8.5.0 rpg)    
Assists: 3 (1.5 apg)        
Steals: 2            
Blocks: 1

Hiram senior guard Tiffany Shields led the way for the Terriers as she averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds on the week.  In a loss to Allegheny, Shields was one rebounds shy of a double-double as she posted 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.  In a victory over Denison, Shields netted a game-high 20 points, connecting on 3-of-4 three-point attempts, and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. 

January 22nd

Maureen Hirt, Kenyon
(Bloomington, IN/North) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 46 (23.0 ppg)    
FG/FGA: 17/28 (.607)
3FG/3FGA: 9/13 (.692)
FT/FTA: 3/5 (.600)
Rebounds: 14 (7.0 rpg)   
Assists: 7 (3.5 apg)       
Steals: 3

Kenyon sophomore Maureen Hirt ignited the Ladies offense on the week, scoring 46 points (23.0 ppg) after shooting 61 percent (17-of-28) from the field and a blistering 70 percent (9-of-13) from three-point range. She moved into the national lead for three-point field goals made per game (3.8) after nailing seven-consecutive treys in Kenyon’s 74-51 victory over Wittenberg. In addition, she added 16 points and two more three-point buckets in the Ladies’ 63-61 setback against OWU.

January 15th

Sarah Watson, Wittenberg
(Hudson, OH/Hudson)

GP/GS: 1/1
Points: 14     
FG/FGA: 5/11 (.455)
FT/FTA: 4/4 (1.000)
Rebounds: 8   
Assists: 1

Wittenberg senior Sarah Watson led the Tigers in an upset victory over Denison, 59-57, with team-highs in points (14) and rebounds (8). It was Watson’s ninth double figure scoring output of the season and her fifth game with at least eight rebounds. She shot 46 percent (5-of-11) from the field and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line, including knocking down a pair of free throws with 3:04 left in the contest that helped spark Wittenberg’s comeback victory over DU.

January 8th

Serafina Nuzzo, Denison
(Western Springs, IL/Fenwick)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 41 (20.5 ppg)    
FG/FGA: 12/28 (.429)
Rebounds: 9 (4.5 rpg)
3FG/3FGA: 7/15 (.467)
FT/FTA: 10/11 (.909)   
Assists: 9 (4.5 apg)       
Steals: 6 (3.0 spg)

Denison junior Serafina Nuzzo helped DU secure a pair of league victories last week, including a 64-60 overtime triumph over league-rival Kenyon to stretch the Big Red’s winning streak against the Ladies to nine-straight. Nuzzo poured in 22 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists against KC, and then added 19 points, five assists and three steals against Wooster.

January 2nd

Sarah McQuade, Ohio Wesleyan
(Dublin, OH/Coffman)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 16 (8.0 ppg)        
FG/FGA: 5/10 (.500)
FT/FTA: 6/8 (.750)
Rebounds: 10 (5.0 rpg)   
Assists: 14 (7.0 apg)
Steals: 2

Ohio Wesleyan freshman guard Sarah McQuade was named the MVP of OWU’s Bishop Classic/Hoops for Hope Tournament, leading the Battling Bishops to victories over PSU-DuBois and Marietta. McQuade posted a tournament record 10 assists and pulled down seven rebounds in the opening win against PSU-DuBois and then scored 16 points and dished out four assists in the title game against Marietta. She closed out the two-day event by scoring the game-winning bucket against Marietta with just 18 seconds left in the contest.

December 18th

Heidi Goeller, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) 
GP/GS: 1/1
Points: 27        
FG/FGA: 13/19 (.684)
FT/FTA: 1/2 (.500)
Rebounds: 13   
Assists: 3
Blocks: 2

Allegheny Heidi Goeller led the Gators with 27 points and 13 rebounds in a 91-89 come-from-behind overtime victory against Mount Aloysius. Goeller’s performance was her fourth double-double of the season and second in as many games. Through her first 11 games, Goeller is second in the NCAC with 179 points (16.3 ppg).

December 11th

Heidi Goeller, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 39 (19.5 ppg)
FG/FGA: 14/20 (.700)
FT/FTA: 12/13 (.923) 
Rebounds: 11 (5.5 rpg)   
Blocks: 2
Steals: 2

Junior Heidi Goeller helped first-place Allegheny improve to 3-0 in league play with a 26-point, 10-rebound performance in the Gators’ 74-59 victory over Oberlin on Saturday. Goeller had pin-point accuracy against the Yeowomen, shooting 79 percent (11-of-14) from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Through 10 games this season, Goeller is averaging 15.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

December 4th

Katie Aldrich, DePauw
(Lexington, KY/Lafayette)

GP/GS: 4/4
Points: 66 (16.5 ppg)
FG/FGA: 28/58 (.483)
FT/FTA: 10/15 (.667)   
Rebounds: 26 (6.5 rpg)   
Assists: 3
Steals: 3

DePauw senior Katie Aldrich led the Tigers with 66 points (16.5 ppg) and 26 rebounds (6.5 rpg) in a week in which they defeated two nationally-ranked teams in Illinois Wesleyan, 67-54, and Washington (MO), 69-57, and also knocked off defending NCAC champion Denison, 58-45. Aldrich was also named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week last week for her strong performance at the Washington (MO) Thanksgiving Classic.

November 27th

Allison Gannon, Oberlin
(Shelburne, VT/Champlain Valley Union) 

GP/GS: 1/1
Points: 22           
FG/FGA: 10/17 (.588)
FT/FTA: 2/5 (.400)
Rebounds: 13       
Assists: 1

Oberlin sophomore Allison Gannon notched her second-career double-double with a career-high 22 points to go along with another career-high 13 rebounds to help the Yeowomen earn a 68-56 victory over Bluffton last Tuesday.

November 20th

Maureen Hirt, Kenyon
(Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North) 

GP/GS: 3/3
Points: 60 (20.0 ppg)    
FG/FGA: 19/42 (.452)
3FG/3FGA: 12/28 (.429)
FT/FTA: 10/12 (.833)
Rebounds: 18 (6.0 rpg)   
Assists: 10       
Steals: 4

Kenyon sophomore Maureen Hirt opened the season strong by tossing in 60 points in the Ladies’ first three games. She fired in 12-of-28 three point attempts and also racked up 18 rebounds and 10 assists. In two games at the Wilmington Tip-Off Tournament, Hirt averaged 21.5 points and 8.0 rebounds to land a spot on the All-Tournament team.