Women's Basketball Player/Newcomer of the Week (Nov. 19)
Monday, November 19, 2012

The second week of MVC women's basketball was filled with another lot of great performances. UNI's Jacqui Kalin scored 15 and 26 in two games this week and moved up to third all-time on the UNI career points list. Sophomore transfer Janae Smith of Illinois State displayed more remarkable play, scoring 31 in the Redbirds' Preseason NIT finale and is now averaging 18.3 points per game. She takes home back-to-back Newcomer of the Week Honors.

Jacqui Kalin, Sr., G, UNI – Kalin led the Panthers in scoring this week notching 15 points in their win over South Dakota and adding a staggering 26 points in their win over North Dakota State. She finished the game against South Dakota perfect from the free throw line with four points and also added three steals to her stat sheet. In her third straight double figure outing of the season along with the 26 points she put up against NDSU she also notched a career high nine rebounds against the Bison. She is now third all-time at UNI in career points with 1,477.

Janae Smith, So., F, Illinois State
Smith just missed a double-double in her third performance as a Redbird, as the forward poured in a career-high 31 points and brought down nine rebounds in ISU’s 76-74 loss to Memphis in the third round of the Preseason WNIT. Smith was 11-of-15 from the field, shooting 73 percent and sank 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. She also recorded a steal in 38 minutes of play. Smith is the second-leading scorer for ISU after three games. She is averaging 18.3 points per game and has brought down 24 boards, with 10 being offensive. Smith is leading the team with three blocks and is second on the team in steals with four.

Noteworthy - In addition to the league's player and newcomer of the week selections, several conference players had notable performances, and they include: 

Catie O’Leary (BU) – O’Leary averaged 12.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game, in addition to shooting 90 percent from the free throw line to help Bradley to a pair of road wins last week.  For the second consecutive game, she finished a rebound short of a double-double, collecting 10 points, nine rebounds and one steal in a 66-65 victory at Eastern Illinois for Bradley’s first one-point road win since Jan. 2004.  She tied for team-high honors with 15 points and matched a career-best 12 rebounds for her second career double-double in Thursday’s 83-77 win at Illinois.  O’Leary also dished out four assists and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line against the Illini as the Braves extended their win streak in regular-season non-conference road games to seven games.     

Jasmin Corbin (CU) – Corbin was the difference in the Jays’ 63-54 win over South Dakota State on Wednesday, Nov. 14, setting career-highs in points (11) and steals (6).   With the Jays’ lead cut to just four points (50-46) by South Dakota State’s 2-1-2 zone defense, Corbin drained back-to-back three pointers to push the Jays back to a comfortable 56-46 lead.  Corbin entered the game with 41 steals in 93 games, her performance was profound.  It was the first time in 94 contests that Corbin reached double-figures in points. 

Kyndal Clark (DU) – Clark, a member of the 2012 MVC All-Freshmen team, scored a career-high 22 points with a career-high five three-pointers and added six rebounds and three assists in the win over Illinois at Chicago on Sunday afternoon. The Missouri native had some clutch baskets to help the Bulldogs rally from a seven-point deficit late in the second half and to extend their lead over the Flames. She is averaging 21.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game through Drake’s first two games.

Samantha Heck (UE) – Heck posted her seventh-career double-double in Evansville’s 74-65 win over San Jose State, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.  The senior forward/center shot 6-for-11 from the field and knocked down five of her six free throw attempts.  Heck also dished out a pair of assists, tallied a block and hit one of UE’s school-record 15 three-pointers.  On the season, the Auxvasse, Mo., native is averaging 12.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Jamie Russell (ILS) – Russell sank 12 points against Memphis on Sunday in the third round of the Preseason WNIT. In the 76-74 loss, Russell also brought down five boards, while recording two assists and one steal in 34 minutes of play. Russell continues to be perfect from the free throw line, as she sank 2-of-2 in the game. After three games, Russell is averaging 20.7 points per game with 42 percent shooting from the field. She is perfect from the charity stripe (11-of-11), has 20 rebounds, 10 assists and 12 steals. 

Racheal Mahan (INS) – Mahan averaged a double-double in Indiana State’s two games last week, going for 10.5 points and 11.5 rebounds against Marshall and Indiana. Against the Thundering Herd, Mahan went for career-highs in points, rebounds and assists, leading the Sycamores to a 55-49 victory with 18 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes on the court. The ISU sophomore forward posted her third-straight double-digit rebounding effort with 11 boards against the Hoosiers, including seven offensive rebounds. For the week, Mahan went 8-for-17 (.471) from the field with 14 offensive rebounds.
Whitney Edie (MSU) – Edie led Missouri State in scoring (14.0) and rebounding (9.5) last week against No. 22 Oklahoma State and Arkansas-Little Rock, adding four assists and three steals as well. The senior recorded her first career double-double Thursday at UALR, tallying 18 points and 11 rebounds, including 14 points in the second half of the 10-point win. Tuesday against the 22nd-ranked Cowgirls, Edie scored 10 points and snared eight rebounds in a career-high 34 minutes against the physical Big 12 team.
Jordyn Courier (SIU) – Courier posted a combined 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists in two games for SIU last week. The Saluki junior had a banner night Saturday against Loyola-Chicago, with career bests of 19 points, six rebounds and three assists. She nailed a career-high five 3-pointers on nine attempts against the Ramblers.

Alex Harden (WSU) – Harden led Wichita State to their first two victories of the season at Arkansas State and at home against UTSA. Harden finished her stellar week with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting and a perfect week from the free throw line connecting on all four foul shot attempts. The Springfield, Ill. native added 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks for the Shockers.

Jenny Smith (BU) – After going scoreless in her first collegiate game, Smith came up big in a pair of road games for Bradley to help the Braves to a pair of wins.  She averaged 10.5 points on 77.8 percent shooting (7-for-9) and also averaged 1.0 block and 1.5 steals in addition to coming through in the clutch for BU.  With Bradley trailing 61-56 at Eastern Illinois Monday, Smith scored six of her eight points in the final four minutes and sealed a 66-65 victory with a pair of free throws with 1.6 seconds to play.  She also had one rebound, a block and steal in 14 minutes off the bench against the Panthers.  In Thursday’s win at Illinois, Smith was 5-of-6 from the field, including 2-for-2 from three-point range and finished with 13 points, two rebounds, one block and a pair of steals.  Bradley was clinging to a 76-73 lead nearing the one-minute mark when Smith had a hoop to make it a two possession game.  Illinois later cut the BU lead to three-points against (80-77) when Smith had a steal and split a pair of free throws with less than 20 seconds to help seal the 83-77 road win as the Braves extended their win streak in regular-season non-conference road games to seven.        

Marina Laramie (INS) – Laramie scored six points in both of ISU’s games last week, knocking down five of her 10 shots from the field. Laramie added five rebounds and a pair of steals in ISU’s 55-49 win over Marshall on Monday, before pulling down three rebounds with one assist at Indiana. The freshman forward from O’Fallon, Mo., has scored six points in all three of ISU’s games this season, ranking fifth on the team with 18 points.

Tyonna Snow (MSU) – Snow made her Missouri State debut with 19 points, eight steals, four rebounds and three assists against No. 22 Oklahoma State and averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 58.3-percent from the field and 81.8-percent from the foul line. Snow’s eight steals against OSU set a Missouri State debut record and ranked fourth in school history for a single game while going 6-for-9 from the field and 7-for-9 from the line. Thursday at UALR, Snow had four points, one assist, one steal and a blocked shot in MSU’s 10-point win.
Jen Keitel (UNI) – Keitel led the Panthers in scoring with 18 points against the South Dakota Coyotes. She finished the game shooting 8-for-14 and notched six rebounds, one assist and one steal. She continued her strong performance against North Dakota State where she added nine points to the Panthers’ win against the Bison. She also finished with six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

Dyana Pierre (SIU) – Pierre posted a combined 13 points and 15 rebounds with seven blocks in SIU’s first two games of the season. The redshirt freshman had seven points and nine rebounds with two blocks Tuesday against Central Arkansas before posting six points and six boards with five blocks Saturday against Loyola-Chicago.