Crouch, Cirone Named Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week
Tuesday, February 26, 2008

      ST. LOUIS -- Jeremy Crouch of Bradley University and Kristi Cirone of Illinois State University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today.  Crouch and Cirone were honored for their performances during the period of Feb. 18-24.  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 Bradley men’s basketball team, Crouch, a senior from Pekin, Ill., averaged 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.0 steals, as the Braves won at 16th-ranked Drake (72-71 on Feb. 19) and defeated UW-Milwaukee (84-72 on Feb. 23).


      The State Farm MVC Player of the Week, Crouch, who has a 3.14 cumulative grade-point average in secondary education, collected 23 points and buried an 18-foot jumper with 11.4 seconds remaining to help the Braves hand Drake its first home loss of the season.


      A guard for the Illinois State women’s basketball team, Cirone, a junior from Chicago, Ill., registered 18.0 points, 4.0 assists and 6.0 steals per game, as the ‘Birds defeated Wichita State (77-57 on Feb. 21) and Missouri State (78-66 on Feb. 24) at Redbird Arena. 


      The State Farm MVC Player of the Week, Cirone, who has a 3.45 cumulative grade-point average in exercise science, compiled 15 points and tied a career-best with eight steals -- the most by a league player this season -- in the win over Wichita State.  She currently stands 10th on the all-time scoring list at Illinois State with 1,335 career points.


      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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