Women's Basketball Player/Newcomer of the Week (Jan. 28)
Wichita State senior forward Chynna Turner led the Shockers to two road victories to help the team improve to 7-0 in the Valley for the second straight season. Turner averaged 16.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 60.9-percent, taking home her first MVC Player of the Week award this season. Southern Illinois freshman guard Rishonda Napier averaged 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists, while knocking down 10 three-pointers in two games, earning her first Newcomer of the Week honor of the season.
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chynna Turner, Sr., F, Wichita State
Turner led the Shockers to a pair of road wins, helping the team improve to 7-0 in the Valley for the second straight season. The senior poured in a season-high 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting to lift WSU past Southern Illinois on Friday night. She added five rebounds and matched a career-high with three steals. Turner then helped the Shockers to a grind-it-out victory over then-second-place Evansville, 49-45, leading the team in points (11) and rebounds (7), while dishing out three assists. Her free throws with 45 seconds left boosted the WSU lead to four, which turned out to be the final margin. Turner also snagged her 500th career rebound in the Evansville game.
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Rishonda Napier, Fr., G, Southern Illinois
Napier led SIU in scoring in both of its games last week, hitting a few career milestones along the way, with averages of 21.5 points, four rebounds and four assists per game. First, the freshman guard went 6-of-9 from 3-point range for a career-best 23 points against league-leader Wichita State. Napier nailed 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to pull SIU back into the game midway through the second half against the Shockers. Her six made 3-pointers is tied for fifth-most in SIU history. She followed up with one of her best all-around games of the season with 20 points, seven assists and four rebounds against Missouri State, making four more 3-pointers for the Salukis.
Noteworthy - In addition to the league's player and newcomer of the week selections, several conference players had notable performances, and they include:
Shronda Butts (BU) - Butts averaged 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field in a pair of road games. Playing in her home town of Des Moines, Iowa, she collected 29 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal in a four-point setback at Drake. She followed it with eight points, four boards, four assists and one steal in 31 minutes of action at Creighton.
Marissa Janning (CU) - Janning was a spark off the bench for the Jays in both victories, leading Creighton with 12 and 21 points respectively. Janning scored all 12 of her points against Northern Iowa in the first half and 16 of her 21 against Bradley in the opening period. Marissa was a combined 5-of-16 beyond the arc during the week (.313) and also collected eight assists and eight rebounds over the two contests. Janning’s 16 first half points against Bradley helped Creighton overcome a 32-25 deficit to take a 43-37 lead in at the break.
Morgan Reid (DU) - Reid averaged 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in the Bulldogs first two conference wins this weekend against Bradley and Northern Iowa. In the win over the Braves, the junior forward scored 12 points and grabbed 11 boards along with three steals. The Kansas City, Mo. native followed that with a career-high 17 points and 12 rebounds along with two steals. Those two double-double performances give her six total this season. Reid is averaging 11 points per game along with a team-leading 8.4 rebounds per game for the season, which ranks third overall in the MVC.
Khristian Hart (UE) - Hart led Evansville offensively and defensively in its split with Missouri State and Wichita State this week, pouring in 39 points, dishing out eight assists and nabbing eight steals. The sophomore had a career day in the Purple Aces’ win over the Lady Bears, scoring a career-high 28 points on an 11-for-18 shooting performance and completed her stat line with three rebounds, four steals and five assists. Hart struggled to find her shooting touch against the Shockers, but managed to finish the afternoon in double figures with 11 points, going 4-for-14 from the field and 3-for-3 at the line. She also tallied three assists and four steals in the loss. On the season, Hart leads the Aces in scoring (14.3 ppg) and owns team-highs for assists (43) and steals (25).
Jamie Russell (ILS) - Russell led the Redbirds with 16 points in Illinois State’s 66-65 win over Indiana State. Russell shot 57 percent from the field, making 8-of-14. The Rock Falls, Ill., native also had four rebounds with two assists, two steals and a block in 36 minutes. Russell is the team’s third-leading scorer with 13.5 points per game. She has a field goal percentage of 39 percent and leads the Redbirds with 48 steals.
Anna Munn (INS) - Munn scored 17 points on Friday night at Illinois State, also adding six rebounds, five steals and three assists for the game. Munn’s 17 points were her most since posting 18 in ISU’s opening game of the league season against Bradley and her 15th game in double figures. The ISU junior leads the conference by averaging 2.8 three-pointers per game and ranks third in the conference overall in points per game (14.9 PPG).
Whitney Edie (MSU) - Edie averaged 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds last week, including a double-double in Missouri State’s Sunday win at Southern Illinois. Edie had 18 points and 10 rebounds against the Salukis while shooting 7-of-15 from the field. Friday, the senior led the Lady Bears with 13 points and five boards at Evansville. Edie shot 44.4 percent on the week and 50 percent on 3-pointers.
Mary Pat Specht (DU) - Specht averaged six points and 4.5 rebounds in the Bulldogs first two conference wins this weekend against Bradley and Northern Iowa. In the win over the Braves, the junior college transfer had eight points, two steals and two assists. The Shawnee, Kan. native followed that up with four points, a career-high eight boards and two assists in the win over UNI. Specht is averaging 7.5 points per game and has connected on 30-of-80 from behind the arc in her first season. Her three-point percentage at 37.5 percent ranks eighth in the Valley.
Janae Smith (ILS) - Smith was the second-leading scorer in the Redbirds’ 66-65 victory over Indiana State. Smith scored 15 points, shooting 45 percent from the field (5-of-11). The Matteson, Ill., native was 5-of-6 from the charity stripe, including three late free throws that helped secure the Redbird win. Smith also brought down eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 32 minutes. On the season, Smith is ISU’s leading scorer (15.5 ppg) and rebounder (9.1 rpg). Smith is shooting 48 percent from the field and leads the Redbirds with 20 blocks.
Marina Laramie (INS) - Laramie made her first career start on Friday at Illinois State and responded with career highs in points, rebounds, steals and minutes played. Laramie finished the game with 17 points, nine rebounds and two steals, seeing 35 minutes of action on the court. The ISU freshman led Indiana State’s comeback in the second half, totaling 10 points in the second period alone. Laramie ranks fourth on the team by averaging 6.7 points per game this season.
Tyonna Snow (MSU) - Snow averaged 10 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists last week. Friday at Evansville, Snow posted a solid all-around effort with nine points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Sunday, the rookie tallied 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting off the bench, adding three boards and two steals in a career-high 28 minutes.