Dwyer picks up third MVC Newcomer of the Week honor
After helping lead the Missouri State women’s basketball team to back-to-back conference victories for the first time since February 2006, junior forward Maggie Dwyer picked up her third Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week honor for 2007-08, the league office announced Monday (Jan. 14).
A 6-1 forward from Grand Haven, Mich., Dwyer led Missouri State in scoring with a 16.5 ppg. average while pulling down 6.0 rebounds and playing a team-high 35.0 minutes per outing in victories over Evansville and Southern Illinois this past week. Against the Purple Aces, Dwyer converted 5-of-12 field goal attempts and 6-of-8 foul shots to total a team-high 17 points. She also grabbed six boards and recorded a game-high three steals and a pair of assists in the Lady Bears’ 76-65 win on Thursday.
The Michigan State transfer followed up that effort with a 16-point, six rebound performance Saturday against Southern Illinois to help the Lady Bears notch their fourth win of the season with a come-from-behind 77-67 decision over the Salukis.
Dwyer, who was also tabbed for the honor on both Dec. 10 and Dec. 26, is averaging a team-high 14.0 points per game, good for seventh in the Valley. She becomes the first Lady Bear to earn three weekly awards in a single season since Jenni Lingor was named MVC Player of the Week three times in 2004-05 en route to picking up the league’s MVP award.
The Lady Bears will hit the road this week for a pair of MVC matchups with Northern Iowa and Bradley, starting with a 7:05 p.m. contest against UNI on Thursday (Jan. 17). MSU and Bradley will square off at 2:05 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 19) in Peoria.