2013-14 NCAC Women's Basketball Players of the Week

February 24th
LaNiece McRae, Ohio Wesleyan
(Youngstown, OH/Chaney)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 39 (19.5 ppg)
FG/FGA: 17/27 (.630)
Rebounds: 14 (7.0 rpg)
FT/FTA: 5/7 (.714)
Steals: 2 (1.0 spg)
Blocks: 5 (2.5 bpg)

Ohio Wesleyan junior post LaNiece McRae led the Bishops to a pair of conference wins last week, securing the second seed in the NCAC Tournament, averaging 19.5 points, seven rebounds and 2.5 blocks per contest. The junior scored five points during a 9-0 run that put the Bishops ahead to stay and added a pair of timely hoops down the stretch in a 63-57 win at Oberlin. McRae then posted 18 points and eight rebounds as Ohio Wesleyan knocked off top-ranked DePauw, 65-64, on Saturday. The win marks the first time on record that Ohio Wesleyan has defeated the No. 1-ranked team in the nation and ended DePauw’s 58-game winning streak and its 77-game regular season winning streak.

February 17th
Alex Gasaway, DePauw
(Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 31 (15.5 ppg)
FG/FGA: 12/24 (.500)
Rebounds: 19 (9.5 rpg)
3FG/3FGA: 3/6 (.500)
Assists: 2 (1.0 apg)
Blocks: 2 (1.0 bpg)

DePauw senior forward Alex Gasaway led the Tigers to a pair of conference wins averaging 15.5 points on 70 percent shooting including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc and 9.5 rebounds per contest. Gasaway became just the second player in school history with at least 1,100 points and 600 rebounds. The senior matched a season high with 20 points versus Kenyon and established a season high with 11 rebounds at Wittenberg.

February 10th
Sarah McQuade, Ohio Wesleyan
(Dublin, OH/Coffman)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 21 (10.5 ppg)
FG/FGA: 7/10 (.700)
Rebounds: 6 (3.0 rpg)
3FG/3FGA: 3/5 (.600)
Assists: 4 (2.0 apg)
Steals: 2 (1.0 spg)

Ohio Wesleyan junior guard Sarah McQuade led the Bishops to a pair of conference wins last week averaging 10.5 points on 70 percent shooting including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. McQuade also averaged three rebounds, two assists and a steal per game. The junior led the Bishops with 10 points including going 4-for-4 from the line as OWU outscored Wooster, 6-1, down the stretch to break a 66-66 tie for the win. In the win over Kenyon on the road, McQuade poured in 11 points as the Bishops earned their fourth straight win to move into second place in the league standings.

February 3rd
Jordan Holmes, Denison
(Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 22 (11.0 ppg)
FG/FGA: 10/12 (.833)
Rebounds: 28 (14.0 rpg)
Blocks: 15 (7.5 bpg)
Assists: 3 (1.5 apg)
Steals: 4 (2.0 spg)

Denison freshman post Jordan Holmes set the North Coast Athletic Conference record for single-season blocks after logging eight rejections against DePauw on Wednesday, passing the mark set by former DU standout Kristen Sheffield in 2004-05 (106). On the week, the freshman post averaged a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds per contest. Holmes converted 83.3 percent (10-for-12) from the field. Holmes’ 6.16 blocks per game leads all of Division III, while her 14.3 rebounds per contest ranks in the top-5 national.

January 27th

Emma Pellicano, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 50 (25.0 ppg)
FG/FGA: 19-32 (.594)
FT/FTA: 11-14 (.786)
3FG/3FGA: 1-2 (.500)
Rebounds: 21 (10.5 rpg)
Assists: 5  (2.5 apg)
Blocks: 1 (0.5 bpg)

Allegheny sophomore forward Emma Pellicano led the Gators to a 2-0 week, averaging 25.0 points and 10.5 rebounds. In Wednesday’s win over Wooster, the reigning NCAC Newcomer of the Year secured her fourth double-double of the year with 22 points and 15 rebounds.  On Sunday at Oberlin, Pellicano scored a career-high 28 points, going 12-15 from the field, to go with six rebounds and a season-high four assists.  It marked the 15th time in 18 games in which she scored in double figures.

January 20th
Hannah Douglas, DePauw
(Pendleton, IN/Pendleton)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 32 (16.0 ppg)
FG/FGA: 12-20 (.600)
FT/FTA: 4-5 (.800)
3FG/3FGA: 4-5 (.800)
Rebounds: 2 (1.0 rpg)
Assists: 2  (1.0 apg)
Steals: 2 (1.0 spg)

DePauw junior guard Hannah Douglas posted her DPU Tiger career high with 17 points in the 59-38 win over Wittenberg and followed it up with a 15-point, four-assist performance against Ohio Wesleyan. Her only double-figure scoring games have come in the last three outings when she’s averaged 16.0 and hit 17-28 field goal tries including 6-10 three-pointers.

January 13th
Christina Marquette, Oberlin
(Huntington Beach, CA/Edison)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 42 (21.0 ppg)
FG/FGA: 12-42 (.375)
FT/FTA: 16-18 (.888)
Rebounds: 30 (15.0 rpg)
Assists: 2  (1.0 apg)
Steals: 6 (3.0 spg)

Oberlin sophomore forward Christina Marquette extended her double-double streak to four games in a row, helping the Yeowomen defeat both Kenyon and Hiram this past week. In the Yeowomen’s first win over the Ladies since 2003, Marquette ripped down a career-high 20 rebounds and added 17 points. In a 60-59 win over Hiram she was the lone Oberlin player in double figures with 25 points to go along with 10 boards while tying a career-high with six steals. For the week she averaged 21 points and 15 rebounds per game. Her efforts have helped Oberlin earn one of its best conference starts in school history as the team now sits at 3-1.

January 6th
Maureen Hirt, Kenyon
(Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 50 (25.0 ppg)
FG/FGA: 18-25 (.720)
3FG/3FGA: 8-13 (.615)
FT/FTA: 6-6 (1.000)
Rebounds: 9 (4.5 rpg)
Assists: 8  (4.0 apg)
Steals: 5 (2.5 spg)

Kenyon senior guard Maureen Hirt was on the mark for the Ladies’ two wins over the winter break. She shot 18-of-25 (.720) overall, 8-of-13 (.615) from three-point range, and a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. She racked up 50 points in the two games and also had a combined nine rebounds, eight assists, and five steals. In the Ladies’ 81-76 win over Ohio Wesleyan, Hirt brought her team back from a late-game, three-point deficit by scoring 10 of Kenyon’s last 15 points. She also was credited with assists on the two field goals that accounted for the other five points.

December 23rd
Makenzie Zidek, Allegheny
(Leechburg, PA/Kiski)

GP/GS: 2/0
Points: 46 (23.0 ppg)
FG/FGA: 17-28 (.607)
3FG/3FGA: 11-19 (.579)
Rebounds: 5 (2.5 rpg)
Assists: 2 (1 apg)
Steals: 3 (1.5 spg)

Allegheny sophomore guard Makenzie Zide averaged 23.0 points per game last week, shooting 57.9 percent from three-point range and 60.7 percent from the floor. Zidek tied a program-record by hitting 7-of-9 shots from outside the arc in Allegheny’s non-conference win against Saint Vincent, finishing the contest with a career-high 29 points. The sophomore would then add 17 points against Washington & Jefferson.

December 16th
Brianne Goodrich, Hiram
(Chesterland, OH/West Geauga)

GP/GS: 3/3
Points: 44 (14.7 ppg)
FG/FGA: 17-35 (.486)
FT/FTA: 10-16 (.625)
Rebounds: 22 (7.3 rpg)
Assists: 2 (.6 apg)
Steals: 3 (1 spg)

Hiram freshman forward Brianne Goodrich  recorded her first double-double of her career with a 22 point 10 rebound effort in the Terriers win over Bethany on Tuesday. Goodrich scored in double figures in all three wins for Hiram last week averaging 14.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest helping to guide the Terriers to its first three game winning-streak since the 2011-12 season.
December 9th
Amber Rice, Wittenberg
(South Charleston, OH/Southeastern)

GP/GS: 1/1
Points: 23
FG/FGA: 10-18 (.556)
Rebounds: 7
Assists: 1
Steals: 6

Wittenberg senior guard Amber Rice notched her third consecutive game with at least 20 points and five rebounds by scoring 23 points and pulling in seven rebounds in the Tigers’ 49-34 win over Ohio Wesleyan, while also piling up six steals.

December 2nd
Maureen Hirt, Kenyon
(Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North)

GP/GS: 3/3
Points: 70 (23.3 ppg)
FG/FGA: 27-40 (.614)
3FG/3FGA: 9-18 (.500)
FT/FTA: 7-11 (.636)
Rebounds: 21 (7.0 apg)
Assists: 9  (3.0 rpg)
Steals: 3 (1.0 spg)

Kenyon senior guard Maureen Hirt played three games this week and scored 20 or more points in all three. She had 21 points in a win at Case and then pumped in a combined 49 points in two games of Marietta College’s Jim Meagle Turkey Shoot Tournament. In the consolation game of the tournament, Hirt had 23 points and 12 rebounds to register her first double-double of the season. She was Kenyon’s lone representative on the All-Tournament squad. For the week, Hirt’s total output included 70 points, 21 rebounds, and nine assists. She shot 61.4 percent from the floor (27-of-44), which included 50.0 percent shooting from three-point range (9-of-18).
November 25th
Jordan Holmes, Denison
(Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon)

GP/GS: 3/3
Points: 40 (13.3 ppg)
FG/FGA: 17/20 (.850)
FT/FTA: 6/11 (.545)
Rebounds: 41 (13.6 rpg)
Blocks: 19
Assists: 3
Steals: 7

Denison freshman Jordan Holmes had a big hand in helping Denison go 2-1 on the week. The first-year post scored 14 points, grabbed 16 rebounds to go along with eight blocked shots in the win over Mount St. Joseph. The 16 rebounds were the most by a Denison player since 2009.  Her eight blocked shots were one shy of the school record. Over the course of three games, Holmes was 17-of-20 from the field (.850) while logging double-doubles in each game.
November 18th

Maura Hall, Wooster
(Medfield, MA/Pomfret School (CT))

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 35 (17.5 ppg)
FG/FGA: 13/21 (.619)
3FG/3FGA: 1/1 (1.000)
FT/FTA: 8/9 (.889)
Rebounds: 23 (11.5 rpg)
Assists: 5
Steals: 2

Wooster senior Maura Hall was named Most Valuable Player of the Nan Nichols Classic after posting a double-double in each win. She had a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds against Earlham, then put up similar numbers – 16 points and 12 rebounds – against Thiel, as she lifted Wooster to a 2-0 start for the second consecutive season.