ST. LOUIS -- Ally Thrall of Creighton University and Jason Holsinger of the University of Evansville have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Thrall and Holsinger were honored for their performances during the period of Dec. 17-23. 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 Ally (Thrall) and Jason (Holsinger) for their athletic and academic achievements."
A guard for the Creighton women’s basketball team, Thrall, a senior from Des Moines, Iowa, averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists while leading the Bluejays to a 69-62 win over Kansas State on Dec. 18 and a 60-57 road victory at Oral Roberts on Dec. 21.
Thrall, who has a 3.764 cumulative grade-point average in public relations/advertising, had the best three-point shooting day by a Jay since 1992, as she went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc and tied her season-high with 18 points. At ORU, she scored 11 points, but made 5-of-6 free throws to secure the win.
A guard for the Evansville men’s basketball team, Holsinger, a junior from Lapel, Ind., scored a season-best 24 points and recorded a game-high seven assists in the Purple Aces’ 80-71 win over Norfolk State on Dec. 22.
Holsinger, who has a 3.84 cumulative grade-point average in a double major of economics and social studies education, was 6-for-10 from the field, including 6-for-8 from three-point range.
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.