ST. LOUIS -- Adam Emmenecker of Drake 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. Emmenecker and Parker were honored for their performances during the period of Jan. 14-20. 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 Adam (Emmenecker) and Rebekah (Parker) for their athletic and academic achievements.”
A guard for the 22nd-ranked Drake men’s basketball team, Emmenecker, a senior from Saginaw, Mich., averaged 15.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals while leading the Bulldogs to a 69-68 win at Bradley on Jan. 16 and a 79-73 victory over Illinois State on Jan. 19.
The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, Emmenecker, who has a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average in a triple major of finance, business administration and management, scored a career-high 12 points, including the game-winning basket to beat the buzzer, at Bradley and then followed with a career-best 19 points, including 14 in the second half, to help Drake overcome a 12-point, second-half deficit en route to a win over Illinois State.
A guard for the Evansville women’s basketball team, Parker, a senior from Silver Lake, Ind., averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 assists, 4.0 boards and 1.0 steals, as the Purple Aces posted a 75-60 triumph over Creighton on Jan. 17 and took a 62-57 decision from Drake on Jan. 20.
The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, Parker, who has a 3.69 cumulative grade-point average in physical education and health, scored 17 of 19 points in the second half to rally UE from a seven-point deficit versus Creighton. She finished with 10 points and a game-high six assists versus the previously MVC unbeaten Bulldogs against no turnovers in 36 minutes of action.
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.