Wednesday, February 06, 2008 | Athletics
Young, Voss Named Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week

ST. LOUIS -- Josh Young of Drake University and Kristina Voss of Creighton University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Young and Voss were honored for their performances during the period of Jan. 28-Feb. 3.

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 Josh (Young) and Kristina (Voss) for their athletic and academic achievements."

A guard for the 15th-ranked Drake men’s basketball team, Young, a sophomore from Lawton, Okla., averaged 21.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.5 steals while leading the Bulldogs to a 75-65 triumph over Creighton on Jan. 30 and an 83-77 victory at Indiana State on Feb. 2.

The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, Young, who has a 3.05 cumulative grade-point average in marketing and management, shot 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from the floor, including 10-of-17 performance from three-point range. He tied a career-high with 24 points versus Creighton and connected for 18 points, including 12 in the second half, to key the Drake win at Indiana State.

A center for the Creighton women’s basketball team, Voss, a junior from Ankeny, Iowa, averaged 11.5 points and 10.5 boards, as the Bluejays overcame a 12-point deficit to win at Indiana State (68-60 on Jan. 31) and rallied from an eight-point deficit at 24th-ranked Illinois State (75-71 on Feb. 2).

Voss, who has a 3.09 cumulative grade-point average in elementary education, collected 13 points on 7-for-7 field goal shooting and a career-best 15 boards at Indiana State. Versus Illinois State, she added 10 points, six rebounds and two steals. Voss paces the Missouri Valley Conference in field goal percentage, shooting 55.6 percent.

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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