Thursday, January 03, 2013 | Athletics, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball
Scheer, Nelson Named Scholar-Athletes

ST. LOUIS -- Nathan Scheer of Missouri State University and Sarah Nelson of Creighton University have been selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Scheer and Nelson were honored for their performances during the period of December 24-30.

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.

Junior Nathan Scheer was 5-for-5 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 15 points to lead the Bears past Southern Illinois in the Valley opener for both clubs on Sunday at JQH Arena. Scheer helped spark a 17-2 run by the Bears midway through the second half with a pair of 3-pointers that helped bring MSU from a three-point deficit to a 12-point lead.  He was part of an MSU reserve unit that finished 9-for-11 from the field and produced 28 points off the bench in the SIU game, the 80th of his career, while finishing with 3 rebounds and an assist in 25 minutes. The win snapped an 8-game losing streak for the Bears. The Washington, Mo. native is a Construction Management major and holds a 3.78 grade-point average.

Sarah Nelson takes home back-to-back Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors. Nelson led the Jays with 19 points and nine rebounds in Creighton's 88-81 double overtime loss at Minnesota.  The junior played 48 minutes, finishing with three assists, one block and two steals.  Sarah was 7-of-14 from the field in the contest. She holds a 3.65 grade-point average as a Finance major.

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.