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2017-18 NCAC Women's Basketball Players of the Week

 
February 19th
 

Maya Howard, DePauw
(St. Louis, MO/MICDS)

GP/GS: 1/1
Points: 24
FG/FGA: 8/16 (.500)
3FG/3FGA: 3/5 (.600) 
Rebounds: 4
Steals: 1
Assists: 5  

DePauw junior guard Maya Howard helped secure the Tigers’ fourth perfect, 16-0, NCAC regular season since joining the league following a 66-56 win over Oberlin last Saturday. Howard poured in a game-high 24 points on 8-for-16 shooting, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. In addition, Howard added five assists, four rebounds and one steal in the win. 

February 12th
 

Anna Gibbs, Wooster
(Gahanna, OH/Westerville North) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 36 (18.0 PPG)
FG/FGA: 13/28 (.464)
Rebounds: 5 (2.5 RPG)
FT/FTA: 8/12 (.667)
Steals: 7 (3.5 SPG)
Assists: 15 (7.5 APG)  

Junior guard Anna Gibbs led the Fighting Scots to a pair of important conference victories last week against Allegheny and Ohio Wesleyan to secure a spot in the NCAC Tournament. Against the Gators, Gibbs tied her previous season-high with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and then registered 15 points and eight assists in the 14-point comeback win over the Bishops. On the week, Gibbs averaged 18.0 points, 7.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds per game for the Scots. 

February 5th
 

Delaney Williams, Wittenberg
(Lake Forest, IL/Lake Forest High School)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 33 (16.5 PPG)
FG/FGA: 11/26 (.423)
Rebounds: 7 (3.5 RPG)
FT/FTA: 10/10 (1.000)
Steals: 5 (2.5 SPG)
Assists: 10 (5.0 APG)  

Freshman guard Delaney Williams helped guide the Tigers to a pair of key NCAC wins last week to move into fourth-place in the league standings. Williams averaged 16.5 points, five assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game in victories over Allegheny and Hiram. Her best performance of the week came against Allegheny when she scored 25 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists. 

January 29th
 

Erica Johnson, Hiram
(Salem, OH/West Branch) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 24 (12.0 PPG)
FG/FGA: 11/20 (.550)
FT/FTA: 2/4 (.500) 
Rebounds: 32 (16.0 RPG)
Steals: 9 (4.5 SPG)
Assists: 2 (1.0 APG)  

Junior forward Erica Johnson tallied a pair of double-doubles as Hiram upended Wooster and Allegheny last week. Johnson averaged 12 points and 16 rebounds while also tallying 4.5 steals per game. In addition she played efficiently, shooting over 50% from the field. In the victory over the Gators, Johnson posted a career-best 21 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, while adding 13 points and four steals. 

January 22nd
 

Alex Stipano, Oberlin
(Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton)

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 40 (20.0 PPG)
FG/FGA: 12/30 (.400)
3FG/3FGA: 9/19 (.473)
FT/FTA: 7/8 (.875)
Rebounds: 9 (4.5 RPG)
Assists: 2 (1.0 APG)  

Oberlin junior guard Alex Stipano averaged 20 points per game, helping the Yeowomen to a pair of league wins. She shot 47.3 percent (9-of-19) from beyond the arc, finishing with 23 points against Allegheny before leading all scorers with 17 points in a 62-53 come-from-behind road win at Denison. In the win in Granville, she scored seven points in the fourth quarter to help Oberlin outscore the Big Red 18-8 in the frame. 

January 15th
 

Paige Matijasich, Kenyon
(Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 34 (17.0 PPG)
FG/FGA: 14/25 (.560)
3FG/3FGA: 5/8 (.625) 
Rebounds: 13 (6.5 RPG)
Assists: 2 (1.0 APG)
Steals: 1 (0.5 SPG) 

Kenyon sophomore guard Paige Matijasich posted combined stats that included 34 points, 13 rebounds and a pair of assists to lead the Ladies to victories over Oberlin and Hiram last week. She shot 56.0 percent overall and that included a 5-for-8 showing (62.5 percent) from three-point territory. On the week she averaged 17 points, 6.5 rebounds and one assist per game in the two wins. 

January 8th
 

Sydney Kopp, DePauw
(Burr Ridge, IL/Hinsdale South) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 33 (16.5 PPG)
FG/FGA: 12/21 (.571)
3FG/3FGA: 5/9 (.556)
Rebounds: 15 (7.5 RPG)
Assists: 4 (2.0 APG)
Steals: 2 (1.0 SPG) 

DePauw sophomore guard Sydney Kopp helped guide the Tigers’ to a pair of NCAC wins last week to remain unbeaten in league play and at the top of the conference standings. Kopp averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, two assists and one steal per game in victories over Ohio Wesleyan and Kenyon. Her best performance of the week came against Ohio Wesleyan when she scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to go along with two assists and two steals. 

January 3rd
 

Paige Matijasich, Kenyon
(Pickerington, OH/Pickerington North) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 37 (18.5 PPG)
FG/FGA: 15/26 (.577)
3FG/3FGA: 6/11 (.545) 
Rebounds: 6 (3.0 RPG)
Steals: 3 (1.5 SPG)
Assists: 3 (1.5 APG) 

Kenyon sophomore guard Paige Matijasich was named MVP of the Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament at Capital University after leading the Ladies to wins over Franklin and Capital. In the two games combined, Matijasich rang up 37 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. She shot 57.7 percent overall (15-of-26) and 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from three-point territory. 

December 18th
 

Addie Buzas, Denison
(Scottsdale, AZ/Chaparral) 

GP/GS: 1/1
Points: 23
FG/FGA: 8/12 (.667)
3FG/3FGA: 6/8 (.750) 
Rebounds: 5
Steals: 1
Assists:

Denison sophomore post Addie Buzas tallied a new career-best with 23 points in the 72-49 win at Wooster. Buzas scored 11 of her 23 points in the first quarter to help the Big Red run out to a 24-7 lead to start the game. For the game, Buzas shot 66.7 percent from the field (8-for-12) including connecting on a career-high six threes. In addition, Buzas added five rebounds, two assists and one steal. 

December 11th
 

Erica Johnson, Hiram
(Salem, OH/West Branch) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 25 (12.5 PPG)
FG/FGA: 10/13 (.769)
FT/FTA: 4/4 (1.000) 
Rebounds: 20 (10.0 RPG)
Steals: 5 (2.5 SPG)
Assists: 2 (1.0 APG)

Hiram junior forward Erica Johnson was the most efficient player on the floor for the Terriers in a pair of wins over Wooster and Allegheny last week. Johnson shot over 75% from the field, while averaging a double-double with 12.5 points and 10 rebounds. Her top game came against Allegheny, as she tallied her first-career double-double, while dropping a career-high 15 points. 

December 4th
 

Sydney Kopp, DePauw
(Burr Ridge, IL/Hinsdale South) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 44 (22.0 PPG)
FG/FGA: 17/26 (.654)
3FG/3FGA: 6/11 (.545) 
FT/FTA: 4/6 (.667)
Rebounds: 13 (6.5 RPG)
Steals: 1 (0.5 SPG)

DePauw sophomore guard Sydney Kopp led the Tigers in scoring in consecutive conference wins over Hiram and Allegheny last week. The Illinois native opened the week with a game-high 17 against Hiram then poured in a game-high 27 against Allegheny, including 18 in the first quarter. Against the Gators, Kopp hit all seven of her first-quarter field goal tries including four three-pointers. Kopp’s 27 was two shy of her career best and included 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range. On the week, Kopp averaged 22 points on 64.5 percent shooting and 6.5 rebounds per game.

November 27th
 

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

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 24 (12.0 PPG)
FG/FGA: 10/17 (.558)
FT/FTA: 4/4 (1.000) 
Rebounds: 25 (12.5 RPG)
Blocks: 14 (7.0 BPG)
Steals: 2 (1.0 SPG)

Oberlin junior center Olivia Canning averaged a double-double in a pair of wins last week. Canning poured in 14 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and registered seven blocks in a five point home win over Hiram to open up league play. She followed up that performance with her second double-double of the week with 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in the Yeowomen’s last second non-conference victory against Baldwin Wallace on Sunday. On the week, Canning averaged 12 points on 58.8 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds and seven blocks per contest. 

November 20th
 

Maya Howard, DePauw
(St. Louis, MO/MICDS) 

GP/GS: 2/2
Points: 36 (18.0 PPG)
FG/FGA: 12/23 (.552)
FT/FTA: 11/11 (1.000) 
Rebounds: 13 (6.5 RPG)
Steals: 4 (2.0 SPG)
Assists: 8 (4.0 APG)

DePauw junior Maya Howard led the Tigers to a pair of opening season victories over Wisconsin Lutheran, 64-53, and Luther, 78-67, last week. Howard averaged 18.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg and four spg in the wins. She shot .522 from the floor and also added four steals while averaging 34.5 minutes per game. Howard’s 25-point effort against Luther was a career-high.