Hustle Belt's MAC Women's Basketball Players of The Week: Week 16

Scott Walstrom, NIU Media Services

As the season winds down, some MAC Women's basketball players are hitting their stride just now. See who is worthy of recognition this week.

Eastern Division Player of The Week

Hanna Luburgh, Akron Zips (Senior, Guard)

It was hard not to hand this week's honors to Ohio's Kiyanna Black who scored 29 points in back-to-back games over the past week, but Akron's Hanna Luburgh's week was highlighted by a 31-point performance in a win over Ohio on Saturday. The win over the Bobcats was Akron's 10th straight, a school record.

Akron hosts Miami on Wednesday and goes to cellar dweller Kent State on Sunday.

Western Division Player of The Week

Amanda Corral Northern Illinois Huskies (Guard, Junior).

Northern Illinois has struggled throughout MAC play, but has its share of bright spots on the team. Maybe most exciting has been the play of Amanda Corral, who is leading the team at 14.4 points a game. Corral put up 21 in a Wednesday matchup with the streaking, Luburgh-led Zips. She then helped what is normally a poor Huskies offense that lingers around last in the conference (no one will fall below Kent State's production) by scoring 23 points in an impressive performance against Central Michigan while losing 85-77.

Corral and the Huskies play again Wednesday at home against Toledo and round up the week on Sunday at Eastern Michigan with a chance to match the Eagles with five MAC wins.

Freshman of The Week

Alexus Malone, Buffalo Bulls (Freshman, Forward)

Winning freshman of the week honors once more is the strong forward out of Buffalo. Alexus Malone posted 12 points in a home over Kent State and 18 points against Bowling Green on Sunday. The frosh is a vital cog in a defense that holds the opponents to the worst field goal percentage in the MAC.

Buffalo, at 8-6, still has an opportunity to affect its seeding when it travels to Ohio on Thursday and Miami on Saturday.

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