Shorter Picks Up Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete Honor
ST. LOUIS -- Lady Bear sophomore Christiana Shorter added another accolade to her resume Wednesday when Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin announced the 6-1 forward has been chosen as this week's Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week. Along with Evansville's Pieter Van Tongeren, Shorter was honored for her performance during the period of January 17-23.
Now in its 12th year of existence, The Valley's Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies. On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.
Shorter helped power Missouri State to its eighth straight home victory with her fifth double-double of the season, a 21-point, 14-rebound perfromance in the Lady Bears' runaway 71-41 win over Wichita State Friday. The Tulsa native, who has a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average in an undeclared field of study, converted field goal tries on back-to-back possessions late in the first half to initiate a 23-0 scoring spurt for MSU. Shorter would combine with Casey Garrison to score the first 21 points of the decisive run, paving the way for the Lady Bears' first victory over the Shockers in nearly two years.
For the game Shorter went 7-for-10 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line while adding a pair of steals.
To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.