ST. LOUIS -- Ethan Wragge of Creighton University and Rachael Brewer of Illinois State University have been selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Wragge and Brewer were honored for their performances during the period of January 28 through February 3.
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.
Ethan Wragge averaged 10.5 points off the bench as Creighton men’s basketball picked up two double-figure wins last week. He began his week with 15 points in 20 minutes in a 91-77 win over Missouri State. He made 5-of-6 three-point attempts to become the fifth player in school history with at least 200 treys. Wragge added four rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in the win.
On Saturday, Wragge had six points in 14 minutes while also picking up a steal and another block. He made 2-of-6 shots, all from three-point range. Wragge now ranks 10th nationally in 3-point percentage and ranks 53rd with 2.57 three-pointers per game, which also leads the MVC.
In her first 5,000-meter race of the season, junior Rachael Brewer toed the line against some of the nation’s best runners at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame this past weekend. With an opening mile split of 5:17, Brewer showed her toughness, splitting the second mile in 5:20, before finishing the race with a personal-best time of 16:41.14 for fifth place. That time crushed her previous career-best time by 33 seconds (17:14.37), and ranks her No. 3 in the Redbird history book in the event.
She also moved herself to No. 20 on the national charts and ranks first in the Missouri Valley Conference by over 19 seconds. The Tuscola, Ill., native also holds the No. 2 Valley spots in the mile and 3,000-meter run, with times of 4:50.19 and 9:44.72, respectively. She has now set new personal-best times in all three events she has competed in this season. The marketing major holds a cumulative grade-point average of 3.63.
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.