ST. LOUIS -- Adam Emmenecker and Jill Martin of Drake University have been selected the Prairie Farms Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Emmenecker and Martin were honored for their performances during the period of March 3-9. 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 16th-ranked Drake men’s basketball team, Emmenecker, a senior from Saginaw, Mich., averaged 16.3 points and 7.3 assists per contest, as the Bulldogs captured their first State Farm MVC Men’s Basketball Tournament title by defeating Indiana State (68-46 on March 7), Creighton (75-67 on March 8) and Illinois State (79-49 on March 9).
The Most Outstanding Player of the event, Emmenecker, who has a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average in a guad major of management, finance, business and entrepreneurial management, tied his career-high for points with 20 and set a career-best with 11 assists in the semifinals against Creighton. He followed with 16 points and six assists in the title game versus Illinois State.
A forward for the Drake women’s basketball team, Martin, a senior from Norwalk, Iowa, registered 26.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game, as the Bulldogs won at Missouri State (61-58 on March 6) and at Wichita State (53-51 on March 8).
The State Farm MVC Player of the Week, Martin, who has a 3.35 cumulative grade-point average in elementary education, collected a game-high 25 points and nine rebounds at Missouri State. She followed with a game-high 27 points and eight boards at 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.
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