Schuett, Hibma Named Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week
Wednesday, December 12, 2007

ST. LOUIS -- Sam Schuett and Pierce Hibma of Creighton University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Schuett and Hibma were honored for their performances during the period of Dec. 3-9.  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.

"Our continued corporate partnership with Prairie Farms provides an important vehicle by which to honor our top student-athletes," said Commissioner Elgin, who is in his 20th year with The Valley. "Our student-athletes are the league’s best representatives, and we’re happy to recognize Sam (Schuett) and Pierce (Hibma) for their athletic and academic achievements."

A forward for the Creighton women’s basketball team, Schuett, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., collected 16 points, eight rebounds, career-best six assists, three steals and a blocked shot in a 68-64 road win at Denver on Dec. 5.

The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, Schuett, who has a 3.66 cumulative grade-point average in accounting, connected on 5-of-11 shots from the field and hit 5-of-6 free throw attempts, as her school-record 22-straight free throws made streak to start the season came to a close.

A guard for the Bluejay men’s basketball team, Hibma, a senior from Pella, Iowa, averaged 10.5 points per game against Atlantic 10 Conference front-runners 21st-ranked Xavier (79-66 loss on Dec. 5) and Saint Joseph’s (90-84 overtime win on Dec. 8).

Hibma, who has a 3.627 cumulative grade-point average in theology/pre-medicine, scored a career-high 17 points versus Saint Joseph’s and knocked down 6-of-10 shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the three-point arc.

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.

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