ST. LOUIS -- Jason Holsinger of the University of Evansville and Ashleen Bracey of Illinois State University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Holsinger and Bracey were honored for their performances during the period of Dec. 10-16. 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 guard for the Evansville men’s basketball team, Holsinger, a junior from Lapel, Ind., averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in a pair of games -- 75-67 loss at Valparaiso on Dec. 11 and 57-44 win over Hanover on Dec. 15 -- for the Purple Aces.
Holsinger, who has a 3.84 cumulative grade-point average in a double major of economics and social studies education, collected 14 points, five assists and four boards at Valparaiso and followed with 11 points and six assists versus Hanover.
A forward for the Illinois State women’s basketball team, Bracey, a sophomore from Oak Park, Ill., recorded her third double-double in the last four games with 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 16 in an 82-69 Redbird triumph.
Bracey, who has a 3.16 cumulative grade-point average in criminal justice, hit 7-of-10 field goals and both free throw attempts while posting her fourth-consecutive contest with at least seven field goals and nine boards.
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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