Women's Basketball Player/Newcomer of the Week (Dec. 17)
Indiana State's Anna Munn dropped in a career-high 25 points, her second consecutive 20-point performance, helping the Sycamores take down UT-Martin on the road in overtime, earning her first MVC Player of the Week honor of the season. Illinois State sophomore forward Janae Smith recorded her second double-double of the season in leading the Redbirds to a victory over Ball State. Smith takes home her fourth Newcomer of the Week honor of the season.
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Anna Munn, Jr., G, Indiana State
Munn led Indiana State to their fifth consecutive win on Sunday, posting a career-high 25 points in the Sycamores’ overtime road win at UT Martin. Munn went 8-for-21 (38.1%) from the field with three shots from beyond the arc, a category where she leads the Missouri Valley with an average of 3.1 treys per game. The ISU junior scored seven of her 25 points in the overtime period, making a pair of shots and three free throws to send the Sycamores to a 73-71 road victory over the two-time defending OVC champions.
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Janae Smith, So., F, Illinois State
Smith led all scorers against Ball State with 22 points, helping the Redbirds to a 71-56 victory Sunday. Smith was 9-of-11 from the field, making 82 percent of her shots. She also led all rebounders with 11 boards, marking her second double-double performance of the season. In 33 minutes, the Matteson, Ill., native also dished out a career-high three assists. Smith is the leading scorer for Illinois State, averaging 15.7 points per game with a 53-percent field-goal percentage through nine games. Smith also leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per game and nine blocks, averaging 31.7 points per game.
Noteworthy - In addition to the league's player and newcomer of the week selections, several conference players had notable performances, and they include:
Sarah Nelson (CU) - Nelson posted her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Creighton’s 63-42 win over North Dakota State on Sunday afternoon. It was her 13th career double-double. Nelson was 4-of-6 from the field, including 1-for-1 beyond the arc. Sarah also added two assists and two steals for the Jays.
Kyndal Clark (DU) - Clark, a sophomore guard, scored 19 points in a hard fought loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday. The Missouri native knocked down a career-high six three pointers with just one miss behind the arc. She added four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes. Clark is averaging a team-leading 13.7 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding at 5.3 per game.
Katy Winge (ILS) - Winge set a career-high 15 points in Illinois State’s 71-56 win over Ball State Sunday. Winge was 5-of-13 from the field with all 15 points coming from beyond the three-point line. She also handed out three assists and had a steal in 30 minutes. In the win, the Eden Prairie, Minn., native set or tied a career high in seven categories, including points, three-point field goals and minutes. Winge had back-to-back career scoring games, as she netted 12 points against Northwestern (Dec. 7). She is connecting on 33 percent of her shots and averages 5.2 points per game. Winge leads the Redbirds in three-point field goal percentage, making 39 percent of her shots.
Karly Buer (MSU) - Buer was a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point land Saturday in scoring 14 points as part of a balanced Missouri State attack that saw no player finish with over 15 points in an 83-60 win. Buer added a long two-pointer for her 14-point total to go with three rebounds and three assists in an efficient 20 minutes.
Alie Decker (WSU) - In just her second NCAA Division I game, Decker powered the Shockers past Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 19 points in 21 minutes. The freshman pumped in four three pointers - the most by a WSU player this year - and shot 6-for-11 from the field overall. She hit all three of her free throw attempts and added two rebounds, two steals, and an assist to lift Wichita State to an 81-43 victory. Decker led a WSU bench that out-scored UAPB’s 58-19. In two games, Decker is averaging 13.5 points and already has the second-most three-point field goals on the team.
Marissa Janning (CU) - Janning scored eight points off the bench in the Jays’ 63-42 win over North Dakota State. The Watertown, Minn., native also nabbed six rebound and tied a career-high with three assists. Janning recorded her fifth consecutive game with a positive assist to turnover ration, the freshman has 14 assists and just seven turnovers on the season.
Mary Pat Specht (DU) - Specht, a junior college transfer, came off the bench Sunday against the Hawkeyes and scored seven points and pulled down two rebounds in 21 minutes. The Kansas native is averaging 6.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 19.9 minutes per game in her first season for the Bulldogs.
Kasey Johnson (INS) - Johnson posted an all-around stat line on Sunday at UT Martin, going for four points, four rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and one steal in 23 minutes of action. The newcomer from Plainfield, Ind., went for season-highs in rebounds, assists and blocks as the Sycamores earned a 73-71 overtime victory on the road at UT Martin.
Kenzie Williams (MSU) - Williams scored a team-high 15 points in Missouri State’s 23-point victory over Arkansas State Saturday, doing the majority of her statistical damage in the first half. Williams scored all 15 of her points in the first half, shooting 5-for-7 from the field and adding a rebound, two assists and a steal in 18 first-period minutes. She played 13 minutes in the second half before sitting down late after the Lady Bears had the game under control.