Mid-American Conference Eastern Division Player of the Week
Christa Baccas, Buffalo Bulls (Center/Forward, Junior)
Christa Baccas led Buffalo to perhaps the Mid-American Conference's most impressive week. The Bulls earned two wins during Thanksgiving week, more than any other MAC school during that time. Buffalo defeated Canisius at home by nine (68-59), then went on the road and earned a very impressive 66-62 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers, members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
In the win over Canisius, Baccas notched a double-double by scoring ten points and pulling down 13 rebounds. She made five of her seven field goal attempts, and four of her 13 rebounds were on the offensive end. Baccas also had two assists, four steals and one block without committing a single turnover.
Against the Panthers, Baccas was quiet on offense with just five points and three offensive rebounds, but she was very active in the paint on defense. In that area, Baccas provided Buffalo with 11 defensive rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Five of her 14 total rebounds came in the final four minutes of the game, as the Bulls were able to hold off a late Pittsburgh charge.
Overall, Baccas had 27 rebounds, five blocks and six steals in just two games.
Mid-American Conference Western Division Player of the Week
Marquisha Harris, Western Michigan Broncos (Forward, Junior)
Marquisha Harris had one of the best games of her career as Western Michigan captured a victory in their only contest of the holiday week. The Broncos traveled to the Windy City for a date with Chicago State and came back to Kalamazoo, Mich. with a 67-49 victory.
Harris led all players with 19 points in the winning effort and was successful on seven of 15 shot attempts. However, that was not her most impressive accomplishment of the night. Harris also accounted for 19 rebounds, including six on offense and 13 on defense). No other player in the game had more than six, and the total of 19 is the highest rebounding total in the MAC thus far in the 2013-2014 season. Harris added three assists as well as a block and a steal, and she did all of it while committing just one foul in 31 minutes of action.
Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Week
Jill Morrison, Ball State Cardinals (Guard)
Jill Morrison posted two solid efforts as Ball State split two games during the holiday weekend at a tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Cardinals lost to Auburn, 67-51, in the first of the two games, then followed that with a 76-64 victory over Tennessee Tech in the finale.
Against Auburn, Morrison scored 15 points after shooting 5-for-9 from the floor. That total included three successful three-pointers in six attempts. She also earned a rebound, one assist and a steal. In the victory over Tennessee Tech, Morrison again accounted for 15 points, including three buckets from long range. She was also 6-for-6 at the free throw line and gathered three rebounds.
For the weekend as a whole, Morrison shot 8-for-15 and was 6-for-10 from three-point range. She also made eight of ten free throws.