Lemon Jr., Pierce Named Scholar-Athletes
Friday, February 15, 2013

ST. LOUIS -- Walt Lemon Jr. of Bradley and Stevie Pierce of Missouri State have been selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Lemon and Pierce were honored for their performances during the period of February 4-10.

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.

Lemon averaged 18.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.0 apg and 2.0 spg during Bradley’s two games last week, scoring 18 points in both games versus Evansville and Northern Iowa while shooting an even 50 percent from the field. In addition to his 18 points in Tuesday’s 76-70 win against Evansville, Lemon six rebounds, five assists, a blocked shot and two steals against the Purple Aces.

In Sunday’s 68-65 loss to UNI, Lemon again scored 18 points and led all rebounders with a career-best nine boards, while adding three assists and two more steals. In 13 league games, Lemon now is averaging 17.5 ppg by shooting 51.2 percent on his 2-point tries, 38.1 percent from 3-point range and 80.3 percent from the free throw line, while adding 4.5 rpg and 2.5 spg. Lemon holds a 3.25 grade-point average as a Psychology Major.

Stevie Pierce had a monster opening weekend at the Georgia Tech-Kennesaw State Invitational. She slugged three home runs, drove in eight runs, had 16 total bases and had six two-out RBI, all top numbers among Valley players. She also had an incredible 1.067 slugging percentage while hitting .400 in the five games.

Pierce was once again very solid in the field, converting all 46 chances without committing an error. She scored four runs on the weekend, including the game-winner on a sacrifice foul fly to the first baseman in Sunday’s win over Butler on a head’s up play. Pierce’s three home runs this weekend tie her career high for a season, a figure she attained in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Pierce maintains a 3.67 grade-point average as a Psychology 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.