Mid-American Conference Eastern Division Player of The Week
Mackenzie Loesing, Buffalo Bulls (Sophomore, Guard)
Buffalo picked up its first two victories in MAC play, largely in part because of the play of sophomore guard Mackenzie Loesing. The Cincinnati native made play after big play in victories over Eastern Michigan and Toledo. In the win over the Rockets, Loesing posted 15 points, three assists, four steals and five boards. Then, in the thrilling 84-83 victory over EMU on Saturday, Loesing hit the game winning shot with 2.5 seconds remaining to seal the win. Loesing finished with 26 points on top of four rebounds, three assists, and four steals.
Buffalo goes on the road in both of its games this week, heading to Northern Illinois on Thursday and Ball State on Sunday.
Mid-American Conference Western Division Player of The Week
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan Chippewas (Junior, Guard)
Is there any question anymore? Though EMU's Janay Morton put up a stellar performance against Buffalo, Bradford is just the do-it-all star from Mt. Pleasant who has her team at 5-0 in MAC play, and deserves POTW honors once more. In a hard-fought 65-60 home victory over Northern Illinois on Wednesday, Bradford scored 27 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out five assists, stole the ball five times, and picked up three blocks. Then in what was the biggest win of the season for the Chippewas, Bradford helped wrestle control of the MAC lead from the Bowling Green Falcons in an 82-79 overtime win. In the thriller, Bradford racked up 13 points, 15 rebounds, (her sixth straight double double), eight steals, seven blocks and five assists.
Central Michigan puts its undefeated conference record on the line when it travels to Kent State on Thursday, and to Western Michigan on Saturday.
Mid-American Conference Freshman of The Week
Janay Morton, Eastern Michigan Eagles (Freshman, Guard)
With a duo of star freshman, Eastern Michigan has a lot to look forward to in the next couple of years. But forget that for a moment, Cha Sweeney and Janay Morton are playing stellar ball right now. In an 83-77 victory over Western Michigan, the young guard contributed 11 points and four steals. Then, Morton banged home seven 3-pointers while missing just four, and went 12-18 while also picking up three steals in an 84-83 loss at Buffalo on Saturday. With a fast-paced EMU offense continuing to post gaudy numbers in MAC play
Eastern Michigan goes to Bowling Green looking to give the Falcons their second MAC loss on Thursday, and then hosts Akron on Sunday.