Posted: 11:03 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
By Matt Daley
Each week throughout the 2013-2014 women's basketball season, Hustle Belt will bestow weekly honors upon the MAC's most outstanding players from each division and from the freshman class. Here are this week's winners...
Despite Akron's 1-2 record last week, Rachel Tecca had three outstanding performances. She helped lead a 118-point outburst at home against Tennessee Tech, then played very well in two road games against quality teams.
In the win over Tennessee Tech, Tecca scored 23 points and gathered nine rebounds. She was 9-for-12 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. She also had three steals in the game.
Later in the week, Akron played twice in the Dayton area. The first game was against the Dayton Flyers, who made the NCAA Tournament last season. Dayton emerged with a 94-80 victory, but Tecca helped lead another strong offensive effort by scoring 25 points and snagging eight more rebounds. Tecca once again had three steals, and she made ten of 21 attempted field goals.
Against a much-improved Wright State squad out of the Horizon League, Akron lost a 90-80 decision. In this contest, Tecca led all scorers with 33 points and notched a double-double by adding 15 rebounds. She continued her excellent shooting by making 13 of 20 attempts.
For the week, Tecca averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds per game and played an average of 31 minutes. She made over 60 percent of her field goals and sank 15 of 21 free throw attempts.
There were plenty of great individual performances in the West last week, but Olivia Fouty stood out the most. This is especially true when you consider that Eastern Michigan swept two games from Butler and Cleveland State to improve their early-season record to 3-0.
In the 81-76 overtime win against Butler, Fouty earned a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. She shot 6-for-10 from the floor, and that included four makes in six attempted three-pointers. She also contributed three steals. In the overtime period, Fouty scored four of EMU's 12 points, including two critical free throws in the final 90 seconds. One tied the game at 76, and the other gave the Eagles a three-point lead with 0:19 left.
The Eagles won an 84-70 decision at Cleveland State later in the week. Once again, Fouty turned in an outstanding performance. She led all scorers with 19 points and added five rebounds and four assists. Fouty sank half of her 14 shot attempts and was 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
In those two wins, Fouty averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 assists in 31 minutes. She also contributed four assists and four steals during the week.
Miami split two games last week, with a home victory over Chicago State and a road loss against Wright State. Nicole Anderson has already earned a starting role with the RedHawks and, in just two short weeks, has already established herself as a significant presence on the inside.
In Miami's 90-63 loss against the Raiders, Anderson posted her first career double-double. She scored 17 points thanks to 6-for-11 shooting (including 2-for-2 from long range) and collected 16 rebounds. Of those 16, five were on offense.
When the RedHawks returned home for a 55-39 win over Chicago State, Anderson continued her strong rebounding. In this game, she pulled in ten rebounds, including four on offense. She was not as much of a presence on offense as she was against Wright State, but she did make three of four shots for a total of seven points. She also helped the cause with two steals.
Anderson now ranks 20th in the MAC in scoring per game and is tied for second with 11 rebounds per game.