ST. LOUIS -- Elizabeth Field of Wichita State University and Colt Ryan of the University of Evansville have been selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Field and Ryan were honored for their performances during the period of November 26-December 2.
Now in its 14th year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.
A middle blocker for the Wichita State volleyball team, Field, a junior from Windsor, California, helped the Shockers to two NCAA Tournament victories against Arkansas (3-2 on November 30) and 20th-ranked Kansas (3-1 on December 1) at Lawrence, Kansas.
A two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete choice and a two-time all-conference selection, Field, who has a 3.80 cumulative grade-point average in chemistry, averaged 3.00 kills and 0.56 blocks while hitting .400 in nine sets. Versus Kansas, Field, who had seven kills on seven attempts in the third set, compiled 13 kills and a .619 attack percentage -- a school record for an NCAA Tournament match.
A guard for the Evansville men’s basketball team, Ryan, a senior from Batesville, Indiana, averaged 16.5 points, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game, as the Purple Aces defeated Alabama A&M (72-46 on November 26) but fell at Colorado State (79-72 on December 1).
The 2011-12 MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball and a 2012 first-team all-conference choice, Ryan, who has a 3.41 cumulative grade-point average in accounting, connected for 20 points and added three assists and three steals versus Colorado State. Against, Alabama A&M, he had 13 points and a season-high seven assists.
To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.
Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.