ST. LOUIS -- Jill Martin of Drake University and Bryan Mullins of Southern Illinois University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Martin and Mullins were honored for their performances during the period of Feb. 11-17. 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 recognize our top student-athletes," said Commissioner Elgin, who is in his 20th year with The Valley. "Our student-athletes are our most visible representatives, and we’re happy to honor Jill (Martin) and Bryan (Mullins) for their athletic and academic achievements."
A forward for the Drake women’s basketball team, Martin, a senior from Norwalk, Iowa, averaged 19.0 rebounds and 10.0 rebounds, as Drake fell to Evansville (69-66 in overtime on Feb. 14) and defeated Southern Illinois (72-57 on Feb. 16).
The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, Martin, who has a 3.35 cumulative grade-point average in elementary education, recorded her league-leading 10th double-double (22 points and 11 boards) versus Evansville. Against Southern Illinois, she had 16 points and nine rebounds.
A guard for the Southern Illinois men’s basketball team, Mullins, a junior from Downers Grove, Ill., averaged 14.5 points, 1.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 39.0 minutes per game, as the Salukis handed 14th-ranked Drake a loss in Carbondale (65-62 on Feb. 13) and then won at Wichita State (74-67 in overtime on Feb. 16).
Mullins, who has a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average in finance, connected on a combined 8-of-14 three-point attempts in the two contests, compiling 16 points on 5-of-7 three-point accuracy versus Wichita State.
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.