2016-17 NCAC Women's Basketball Players of the Week

February 20th

Kayla Yost, Hiram
(Norwalk, OH/Perkins) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 27 (13.5 PPG)
FG/FGA: 7/10 (.700)
FT/FTA: 10/16 (.625)
Steals: 3 (1.5 SPG)
Rebounds: 17 (8.5 RPG)
Blocks: 1 (0.5 BPG) 

Hiram junior forward Kayla Yost helped lead the Terriers to a pair of wins and the No. 4 seed in the NCAC Tournament with a pair of wins last week. Yost averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting .700 from the field. In the seed-clinching win over Kenyon, Yost posted a season-best 23 points, shooting a perfect 7-of-7 from the field. 2017 marks the first time in school history the Terriers will host an NCAC Tournament game. 

February 13th

Megan Kuether, Ohio Wesleyan
(Osgood, OH/Marion Local) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 41 (20.5 PPG)
FG/FGA: 12/26 (.462)
FT/FTA: 12/13 (.923)
Assists: 12 (6.0 APG) 
Steals: 4 (2.0 SPG)
Rebounds: 11 (5.5 RPG)

Ohio Wesleyan senior guard Megan Kuether led the Bishops to a pair of key NCAC wins last week heading into the final week of the regular season. Kuether scored 16 of her game-high 23 points during the second half at Hiram and went 4-for-4 from the line during the final 20 second to seal the six-point win. Against Wooster, Kuether poured in a game-high 18 points and added six assists to get the Bishops back to .500 in league play. In the two NCAC outings last week, Kuether scored 41 points on 12-for-26 from the field including 5-for-11 from three, and 12-for-13 at the line. On the week the senior averaged 21.5 points, 6.0 assists, 5.5 rebound and 2.0 steals per game for the Bishops.  

February 6th

Claire Ryan, DePauw
(Chicago, IL/Marist)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 32 (16.0 PPG)
FG/FGA: 12/22 (.545)
FT/FTA: 6/8 (.750)
Steals: 7 (3.5 SPG)
Rebounds: 11 (5.5 RPG)
Assists: 1 (0.5 APG) 

DePauw senior Claire Ryan averaged 16 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in wins over Hiram and Allegheny last week. Against the Terriers, Ryan poured in 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds, collected six steals and added a block in 34 minutes of action. In just 19 minutes against the Gators, Ryan scored 14 points to go along with four rebounds, one assist and one steal to help the Tigers secure the programs 16th-straight 20 win season.

January 30th

Mercedes Jones, Hiram
(Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 36 (18.0 PPG)
FG/FGA: 16/26 (.615)
FT/FTA: 4/5 (.800)
Steals: 8 (4.0 SPG)
Rebounds: 21 (10.5 RPG)
Blocks: 1 (0.5 BPG)  

Hiram junior Mercedes Jones averaged a double-double in wins over Wooster and Allegheny last week. She posted a double-double in back-to-back games, finishing with 16 points and 10 boards in 24 minutes at Wooster, and followed that with 20 point, 11 rebound performance against the Gators. In the win over Allegheny, Jones also posted a career-high five steals, and averaged four-per-game on the week. 

January 23rd

Abby Andrews, Oberlin
(Ann Arbor, MI/Rudolf Steiner School) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 27 (13.5 PPG)
FG/FGA: 9/19 (.473)
FT/FTA: 9/10 (.900)
Assists: 4 (2.0 APG)
Rebounds: 15 (7.5 RPG)
Blocks: 5 (2.5 BPG)  

Oberlin junior forward Abby Andrews scored 11 of her career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter as Oberlin erased an eight-point deficit to defeat Denison, 47-40. Andrews also tied a career-high with four blocks - part of a school-record 18 block effort - and finished with a team-high eight rebounds in the win. For the week she averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, while shooting 90 percent (9-of-10) at the free throw line. 

January 16th

Alex Kiess, Wittenberg
(Edon, OH/Northwest) 

GP/GS: 1/1
Points: 22
FG/FGA: 7/14 (.500)
3FG/3FGA: 5/9 (.550)
Assists: 3
Rebounds: 3
Steals: 4  

Wittenberg sophomore guard Alex Kiess led the Tigers to an 11-point victory against Wooster in their lone game last week. Kiess poured in 22 total points on 7-for-14 shooting, including an impressive 5-for-9 from beyond the arc. Kiess stuffed the stat sheet adding three rebounds, fours steals, three assists and one block to go along with her 22 points. 

January 9th

Megan Kuether, Ohio Wesleyan
(Osgood, OH/Marion Local)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 51 (25.5 PPG)
FG/FGA: 21/37 (.568)
3FG/3FGA: 5/11 (.455)
Assists: 9 (4.5 APG)
Rebounds: 9 (4.5 RPG)  

Ohio Wesleyan senior guard Megan Kuether led the Bishops to a 1-1 week in conference play, falling to No. 19 DePauw but rebounded to defeat Wooster, 83-72. Kuether poured in 29 points in the loss last Wednesday against DePauw and followed that performance with 22 points in the Bishops win against Wooster. In the two NCAC outings last week, Kuether scored 51 points on 21-for-37 from the field including 5-for-11 from three, and 4-for-5 at the line. On the week the senior averaged 25.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for the Bishops. 

January 2nd

Jordan Holmes, Denison
(Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 35 (17.5 PPG)
FG/FGA: 15/25 (.600)
Rebounds: 36 (18.0 RPG)
Steals: 4 (2.0 SPG)
Blocks: 14 (7.0 PPG)  

Denison senior Jordan Holmes became the Division III all-time career leader in triple-doubles and moved up a spot on the Big Red’s career scoring list in two games over the holiday break. In an OT victory over Wisconsin-Platteville, Holmes scored 21 points, pulled down 25 rebounds and blocked 10 shots en route to notching her sixth-career triple-double. She is also one triple-double away from tying the all division’s record (7). Twenty-four hours later, Holmes scored 14 points, which moved her into sixth on Denison’s all-time scoring list (1,258), passing former standout Carolyn Simpson (2005-09). The senior also had 11 boards and four blocks in the win over #19 Albright.

December 19th

Jordan Holmes, Denison
(Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon)

GP/GS: 1/1
Points: 11
FG/FGA: 4/6 (.667)
Rebounds: 17
Steals: 1
Assists: 1

Denison senior Jordan Holmes led the Big Red in three major statistical categories on their way to a home NCAC victory over Ohio Wesleyan. Holmes scored a team-high 11 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to go along with five blocks.  

December 12th

Claire Ryan, DePauw
(Chicago, IL/Marist)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 38 (19.0 PPG)
FG/FGA: 14/25 (.560)
FT/FTA: 8/13 (.615) 
Rebounds: 16 (8.0 RPG)
Assists: 4 (2.0 APG)
Blocks: 2 (1.0 BPG) 

DePauw senior Claire Ryan scored a career-high 20 points in the Wittenberg win and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds at Wooster along with 18 points for her first career double-double. On the week, Ryan averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and two assists per game to lead the Tigers to a pair of league victories. 

December 5th

Mercedes Jones, Hiram
(Dayton, OH/Ponitz Career Technology Center) 

GP/GS: 3/3
Points: 62 (20.6 PPG)
FG/FGA: 20/36 (.555)
FT/FTA: 20/24 (.833) 
Rebounds: 20 (6.6 RPG)
Assists: 5 (1.6 APG) Steals: 7 (2.3 SPG)

Hiram junior Mercedes Jones led the Terriers to a 2-1 record, including a 1-1 mark in conference play last week. Jones averaged 20.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per night, including a season-high 25 points in a non-conference victory over Muskingum. Additionally, she was the lone Terrier in double figures in a 54-50 conference win over Wittenberg, finishing with 20 points. 

November 28th

Bailey Dominguez, Kenyon
(Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 33 (16.5 PPG)
FG/FGA: 13/28 (.464)
3FG/3FGA: 7/15 (.467)
Rebounds: 8 (4.0 RPG)  
Assists: 6 (3.0 APG)
Steals: 2 (1.0 SPG) 

Kenyon senior Bailey Dominguez averaged 16.5 points and 4.0 rebounds to lead the Ladies to a pair of wins last week against Bethany and Earlham last week. She connected on 7-of-15 three-point attempts (46.7 percent), dished out six assists and also had a couple of steals. 

November 21st

Olivia Canning, Oberlin
(Sudbury, MA/Lincoln Sudbury)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 27 (13.5 PPG)
FG/FGA: 12/24 (.500)
FT/FTA: 3/6 (.500) 
Rebounds: 25 (12.5 RPG)
Blocks: 11 (5.5 BPG)
Assists: 7 (3.5 APG) 

Oberlin sophomore Olivia Canning posted a double-double in both games last week. Against the Yellow Jackets she had 14 points and 11 rebounds and then stuffed the stat sheet in Oberlin’s conference win over Hiram with 15 points, 14 rebounds, eight blocks and five assists. Through two games she is averaging 13.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and 3.5 assists per game.