Women's Basketball Player/Newcomer of the Week (Dec. 26)
Drake's Rachael Hackbarth earned her sixth and seventh double-doubles of the season, combining for 36 points and 22 rebounds in games against Iowa and Loyola-Chicago, while Bradley's Catie O'Leary netted a career-high 29 points, including a school-record tying six three-pointers in the Braves win over Western Illinois. For their outstanding efforts, Hackbarth and O'Leary have been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.
STATE FARM MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rachael Hackbarth, Sr., F, Drake
Hackbarth scored 36 points and pulled down 22 rebounds during Drake’s final non-conference swing last week. The senior scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 10 boards at Iowa before totaling 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Drake to victory over Loyola-Chicago. Hackbarth’s two double-doubles ranked as her sixth and seventh of the season.
STATE FARM MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Catie O'Leary, So., G, Bradley
O’Leary scored a career-high 29 points off the bench in just 22 minutes of play as she helped Bradley to a 93-64 win against Western Illinois. O’Leary was 10-of-18 from the field, including 6-of-9 from three-point range as she helped the Braves match a school record for non-conference victories in a season, with the squad’s league-leading ninth win of the year. She also had six rebounds and one steal in the victory. O’Leary highlighted a 20-2 run midway through the first half with seven consecutive points and finished the opening period with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Her previous career high was 15 points. O’Leary helped BU score 90 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1998-99 and Bradley’s current five-game win streak is the longest for the squad since January 2010.
Noteworthy - In addition to the league's player and newcomer of the week selections, several conference players had notable performances, and they include:
Carli Tritz (CU) - Tritz was named to the UTSA Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 16 points per game in Creighton’s runner-up finish at the event in San Antonio. Tritz scored 14 points and led the team with three assists and two steals in CU’s win over UTSA last Tuesday. She followed by leading all players with 18 points and five assists in CU’s buzzer-beating loss to Colorado on Wednesday. For the week she averaged 16 points, 4.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, shooting 41.4 percent from the field (12-29), 75.0 percent from three-point range (3-4) and 71.4 percent at the free-throw line (5-7).
Jaleshia Roberson (MSU) - Roberson hit seven three-pointers on the way to 22 points in Missouri State’s win at Arkansas State. She also hauled in a team-high seven rebounds to go with five assists and two steals. Roberson hit five triples in the first half and used 14 attempts to match the No. 7 single-game total in school history. Her four-point play with eight minutes left gave Missouri State its largest lead against ASU at 67-57. Roberson also moved up two spots to 18th on Missouri State’s career scoring list.
Teri Oliver (SIU) - Oliver scored 25 points with two assists, two rebounds a block and a steal against No. 21/19 DePaul Thursday in Chicago. Oliver went 8-for-10 from the free throw line and 5-for-9 from beyond the arc. The performance helped her retain the second spot in the MVC in scoring average at 19.8 points per game. Oliver is the nation’s active leader with 16 consecutive games making multiple 3-pointers. She leads the Valley and ranks in the top four nationally with an average of 3.6 made 3-pointers per game.
Haleigh Lankster (WSU) - Lankster poured in a season-high 24 points as the Shockers out-lasted Long Beach State in double-overtime to claim the Beach Classic championship. Lankster's 24 points were one shy of her career-high and boosted her into 15th place on the Shockers all-time scorning list.
Kyndal Clark (DU) - Clark totaled 12 points in Drake’s 65-50 victory over Loyola, hitting 3-of-5 from three-point range. She also notched a steal and a rebound in the winning effort.
Cartaesha Macklin (SIU) - Macklin scored 18 points and tallied six rebounds, six assists and two steals in Southern’s loss to No. 21/19 DePaul Thursday in Chicago. After struggling in the first half with no points, no assists and four turnovers, Macklin made a complete turnaround in the second half. She ranks fourth in the Valley with an average of 16.0 points per game and leads all MVC newcomers in scoring and rebounding.