Cutshaw, Parker Named Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week
Wednesday, December 5, 2007

      ST. LOUIS -- Chris Cutshaw of Bradley University and Rebekah Parker of the University of Evansville have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today.  Cutshaw and Parker were honored for their performances during the period of Nov. 26-Dec. 2.  Now in its ninth year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies.  On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.


      “Prairie Farms and its family of dairies have been the only sponsors of this worthwhile endeavor by the Missouri Valley Conference,” said Commissioner Elgin, who is in his 20th year with The Valley.  “We are grateful for Prairie Farms continued recognition of our student-athletes for their athletic performance and their academic success.”


      A member of the Bradley men’s soccer team, Cutshaw, a sophomore from Carmel, Ind., led the Braves to a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory at 19th-ranked Maryland in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 30.


      Cutshaw, who has a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average in international business, scored the tying goal with less than a minute left in regulation, helping BU erase a 2-0 deficit with less than three minutes to play and force overtime.  He added another goal in double overtime, heading in the game-winning score with 75 seconds remaining in the second extra session to send the Braves to the Elite Eight.


      A guard for the Evansville women’s basketball team, Parker, a senior from Silver Lake, Ind., became just the second player in UE history to compile 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists in a career, as the Purple Aces defeated Tennessee Tech (72-56 on Nov. 27) and IUPUI (59-53 on Dec. 2). 


      Parker, who has a 3.67 cumulative grade-point average in physical education and health, averaged 14.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in two contests.  She had 20 points versus Tennessee Tech and grabbed a team-best nine boards versus IUPUI to join UE Hall of Famer Barb Dykstra as the only Purple Aces to reach the 1,000-point, 500-rebound and 250-assist club.


      To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.  In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.