Junior Andola Dortch was tabbed the Mid-American Conference West Division co-Player of the Week by the league office on Monday. Dortch is sharing the division's top honor with Ball State's Nathalie Fontaine.
Dortch's selection marks the sixth time this season that a Rocket has been picked as the division's top performer, tied for second-most with MAC East Division member Miami. MAC West Division participant Central Michigan is leading the league with seven selections.
Dortch is receiving this prestigious honor for a second time this season and third time overall in her career, tallying a team-high 14.0 points, a squad-best 5.5 steals, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals in victories against MAC East Division leader Miami (Feb. 6) and MAC overall leader Ball State (Feb. 10) last week. She was one of two Rockets to score in double figures in the pair of road wins, helping Toledo assume the top overall spot in the league.
The 2011-12 MAC Defensive Player of the Year opened the week with 15 points, a career-best eight thefts, four caroms and three helpers vs. the RedHawks on Wednesday. Four days later against the Cardinals, Dortch tallied 13 points, eight boards, four dimes, a game-high three steals and one blocked shot. The Akron, OH native is contributing a team-high 14.8 ppg over the last eight contests.
Overall in 2012-13, Dortch is averaging 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and a team-high 2.7 steals in 30.0 minutes per game. The Akron, OH native is currently second in the MAC in steals, sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.3), ninth in assists, 11th in scoring, tied for 13th in three-point field goals made (1.2) and 14th in three-point field goal percentage (32.6%, 28-of-86).
Dortch and the Rockets (21-2, 9-1 MAC) return to the hardwood on Saturday, Feb. 16 against Kent State. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Savage Arena. UT will hold its fourth-annual "Rockets for the Cure" day in conjunction with the cross-division matchup versus the Golden Flashes. The game will help benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Northwest Ohio. The team encourages everyone in attendance to wear pink in support of cancer research.