OXFORD, Ohio – For their performances last week senior men’s basketball player Will Felder and sophomore swimmer Emma Szczupakiewicz are Miami’s Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications for the week of Dec. 2-Dec. 8.
Felder averaged 19.5 ppg while shooting a solid 62.5 percent from the field and averaged 6.5 rpg and 2.0 bpg for the RedHawks last week. Felder was an impressive 10-of-16 from the field against IPFW en route to a 26-point night, his career best as a RedHawk, to lead all scorers. Felder scored 22 second-half points, going 8-of-10 from the field and sinking all six free throws in the second stanza to help Miami erase a 16-point deficit and capture a 94-87 win against the Mastodons. He accounted for nearly 38 percent of Miami’s second-half scoring in which the RedHawks amassed 58 points, their most points in a half since scoring 59 in the second half against Northwestern State on Dec. 6, 2008. The RedHawks 94 points also were the most since a 94-66 win against Northwestern State in 2008. He also added seven rebounds and two blocked shots against IPFW. Felder again shot 62.5 percent from the floor with a 13-point, 6-rebound, 2-blocked shot effort at Evansville on Saturday.
This is the first time this season and second time in his career that Felder has been named Miami’s Male Athlete of the Week. He previously earned the honor for the week of Jan.14-Jan. 20, 2012.
Szczupakiewicz helped lead the Miami Swimming and Diving team to a first-place finish at the Miami Invitational, capturing top honors in the 200 yard butterfly (2:01.43) and 200 yard backstroke (2:00.64). The RedHawks won the event, with a grand total of 2,332 points, securing wins over Illinois (1,704.5 points), Denison (1,388 points), Emory (1,374.5 points), Cincinnati (856 points), Ball State (711 points), Wright State (454 points) and Urbana (97 points).
This is the first time that Szczupakiewicz has earned Miami’s Female Athlete of the Week honor.
The next Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 17. Because this is final’s week, the only team in action is the men’s basketball team, and with no women’s sports playing there will only be a Male Athlete of the Week next week. For a list of this year’s winner’s, click here.