MVC Women?s Basketball Player / Newcomer of the Week ? Feb. 9
Megan Neuvirth led Creighton to another two wins last weekend to run the Bluejays’ streak to nine games. In what has become the norm, Neuvirth did it all, averaging 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and a blocked shot per game in road wins at Missouri State and Wichita State. Against Wichita State, she scored nearly half of her team’s points (24 of 49), including 20 in the second half. UNI’s Kim Wypiszynski was hot from the field in a pair of road games, hitting on 61 percent of her field goals and averaging 15 points per game and adding three rebounds, 1.5 assists per game and a blocked shot for the Panthers. For their efforts, Neuvirth and Wypiszynski are this week’s State Farm Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
Megan Neuvirth, Creighton
Megan Neuvirth again led the Bluejays in points scored, rebounds, assists and blocked shots while helping Creighton extend its winning streak to nine games with a pair of road wins last week. On Friday night, Neuvirth scored 15 points and led the team with eight rebounds and five assists in a 74-61 win at Missouri State. On Sunday, she scored 20 of her game-high 24 points in the second half to help CU overcome a halftime deficit and top Wichita State 49-47. She again topped the team with nine boards, while adding two assists, two blocks and two steals against WSU. For the week she averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per game. She also shot 14-of-27 (.519) from the field and 9-of-11 (.818) at the free-throw line.
Kim Wypiszynski, UNI
Kim Wypiszynski shot 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from the floor to average 15.0 points per game last week. She was 7-of-10 from the floor with three rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot to finish with 16 points in UNI’s overtime win at Evansville on Feb. 5. On Feb. 7, she was 5-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-9 from the free-throw line to finish with 14 points at Southern Illinois. Wypiszynski is leading UNI with 11.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season.
Noteworthy...In addition to the league's player and newcomer of the week selections, several conference players had notable performances, and they include:
Monica Rogers, Bradley
Senior Monica Rogers averaged 19.0 points, and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field as she helped Bradley to a pair of MVC road wins. Rogers, who was a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line in the two games, made 10-of-10 free throws against Southern Illinois and also made 5-for-9 from the field en route to a game-high 20 points. She also added five rebounds and one blocked shot in the 60-48 road win against the Salukis. Rogers made 7-of-11 from the field and finished with a team-best 18 points in the Braves road win at Evansville. She finished one rebound short of a double-double, pulling down nine boards and also had two assists and one steal in the victory. The Braves picked up their 16th win of the season, marking the most wins since the 2001-02 season and Bradley’s four MVC road victories are the most since the 2004-05 season.
Monique' Jones, Drake
Jones recorded two double-doubles, leading Drake to a pair of Missouri Valley Conference wins last week. In a 65-50 win over Wichita State Jones had 12 points and 15 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, to lead the Bulldogs. She followed that with 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in a 66-60 win over Missouri State. In the win she was 5-of-6 from the field (.833) and 3-of-4 (.750) from the free throw line. On the week Jones averaged 12.5 points, 13 rebounds and 1.5 blocks and shot 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from the field and 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from the free-throw line.
Shannon Novosel, Evansville
Senior center Shannon Novosel averaged a double-double this week to pace the UE attack, as she averaged 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game for the Purple Aces against Northern Iowa and Bradley. Novosel narrowly missed a double-double on Thursday night against Northern Iowa, as she had 13 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in UE’s overtime loss to the Panthers. She then recorded her second double-double of the season with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday against Bradley, while also swiping four steals defensively and going 6-for-13 from the field. For the week, Novosel shot 38.5 percent from the floor (10-for-26), while also rejecting four shots and swiping five steals. With her 32 points on the week, Novosel also joined UE’s 900-point club.
Maggie Krick, Illinois State
Krick recorded her first-career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in Illinois State’s 69-48 win over Indiana State Saturday. Both marks were game-highs as well. Krick was 5-of-13 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and added three assists. Her previous career-high in rebounds was nine, which she had at Indiana State last season.
Kara Schilli, Indiana State
Senior forward Kara Schilli hit 4-of-6 shots from the field and was 5-of-8 at the free throw line in scoring 13 points as the Indiana State Sycamores dropped a road contest this past weekend at Illinois State. Schilli added seven rebounds to her 13-point scoring total and added a pair of assists and steals in 29 minutes of action.
Casey Garrison, Missouri State
Freshman guard Casey Garrison led the Lady Bears with an 18.5 ppg. average in losses to Creigh ton and Drake this past week. The Bolivar, Mo., native scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting Sunday in MSU's 66-60 setback to DU. She converted all five of her free throw attempts and also turned in a game-high five assists against the Bulldogs. That effort followed her 16-point night against Creighton, in which she went 6-of-13 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.
Jasmine Gibson, Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois’ Jasmine Gibson averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists over the weekend shooting 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from the field. Gibson recorded 10 points and seven boards Thursday against Bradley. She turned around Saturday to record 11 points, six rebounds and three steals in a victory over UNI. Gibson leads the team in scoring and rebounds this season.
Jordan Lewis, Evansville
UE rookie guard Jordan Lewis continued to provide the Purple Aces with a spark off of the bench this week, as she added 4.5 points and 1.5 steals per game to the UE lineup as a reserve. Lewis had five points, two rebounds and two steals against Northern Iowa on Thursday night, before adding four points on 2-of-3 shooting against Bradley on Saturday. In her first extended action of the season due to injury, Lewis has scored 27 of her 31 points in the Purple Aces’ last four games.
Casey Garrison, Missouri State
Freshman guard Casey Garrison led the Lady Bears with an 18.5 ppg. average in losses to Creighton and Drake this past week. The Bolivar, Mo., native scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting Sunday in MSU's 66-60 setback to DU. She converted all five of her free throw attempts and also turned in a game-high five assists against the Bulldogs. That effort followed her 16-point night against Creighton, in which she went 6-of-13 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.
Alex Hart, Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois’ Alex Hart averaged 11.0 points and 2.0 steals over the weekend. She recorded 11 points and three steals against Bradley Thurdsay, adding a team-high 11 points, an assist and a steal in a victory over UNI Saturday. Defensively, Hart shut down two of the top-four 3-point shooters in the conference over the weekend, holding one of them scoreless.