ST. LOUIS -- Kristi Cirone of Illinois State University and Jeremy Crouch of Bradley University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Cirone and Crouch were honored for their performances during the period of Jan. 7-13. 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 Illinois State women’s basketball team, Cirone, a junior from Chicago, Ill., averaged 20.0 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals, as the Redbirds defeated Northern Iowa (74-53 on Jan. 10) and won at Bradley (94-61 on Jan. 13).
Cirone, who has a 3.45 cumulative grade-point average in exercise science, collected 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting versus UNI, registering her third-straight contest with 20 or more points. She added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-3 from three-point rage, at Bradley in 27 minutes of action.
A guard for the Bradley men’s basketball team, Crouch, a senior from Pekin, Ill., averaged 18.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, as the Braves sustained a loss at Southern Illinois (77-64 on Jan. 8) but won at Northern Iowa (75-73 on Jan. 12).
Crouch, who has a 3.09 cumulative grade-point average in secondary education, scored a season-high 28 points in the Braves’ victory at UNI, scoring 23 of his 28 points in the second half. He hit 6-of-8 three-point attempts in the game and scored 20 of BU’s final 26 points in the remaining 13:27 of play against the Panthers.
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.