CLEVELAND - The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly awards for women's basketball on Monday. Senior forward Kirsten Olowinski (Erie, Pa.) was named MAC East Division Player of the Week after a vote by league's women's basketball coaches. It is the third time this season she has won that honor; she previously was named MAC East Division Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10.
Olowinski starred as Miami earned two MAC wins on the road last week. She averaged a double-double with 10.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. In the RedHawks' big win over Bowling Green on Thursday, she brought in 15 rebounds, including several key offensive boards late to help secure the victory. During the game she grabbed her 1,000th career rebound, the first Miami player and only the sixth player in MAC history to reach that mark. She also contributed six points, which proved to be the difference in the 57-54 win. Olowinski was Miami's leading scorer in its victory over Kent State on Sunday. She finished with 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting. She also led the 'Hawks with eight rebounds, and had an assist and a block. Olowinski finished the week 10-for-16 (62.5 percent) from the field.
This is the second straight week and sixth time this season a Miami women's basketball has won a Player of the Week award. Courtney Osborn (Fishers, Ind.) won the award on Nov. 12 and Dec. 24, while Hannah Robertson (New Albany, Ohio) earned the honor on Jan. 21.
The RedHawks return to action on Thursday when they host Buffalo with a special start time of noon. It is the second annual "Goals for Life" game as Miami will welcome Talawanda Middle School to Millett Hall for the contest. Tim Bray will have the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.