Bowling Green State University women's basketball standout Alexis Rogers has been named Mid-American Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon (Jan. 6). Rogers, a senior, earns the honor for the second time this season and the seventh time in her BGSU career.
BGSU has picked up a MAC Player-of-the-Week honor in each of the last three weeks, and on four total occasions this season. Rogers earned the honor two weeks ago (Dec. 23), with redshirt sophomore Erica Donovan being named MAC P-O-W last Monday (Dec. 30). BG's list of honorees this season also includes senior Jillian Halfhill, who was named league player of the week on Nov. 25.
In addition to earning MAC Player-of-the-Week accolades on Monday, Rogers also was named the conference P-O-W by both the College Sports Madness and the Hustle Belt web sites.
Rogers, a native of West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West H.S.), had a double-double as the Falcons opened the MAC schedule with a 62-50 win over Buffalo Saturday afternoon (Jan. 4) at the Stroh Center. Rogers had a game-high 22 points and a game- and career-high 17 rebounds in the victory, amassing those lofty totals in just 29 minutes.
Rogers' rebounding total in that game was the highest by a BGSU player in nearly five years. In fact, no Falcon has had more than 17 boards in a game since 1996.
She nearly had a double-double in each half, with 12 points and nine rebounds in the first period, and 10 points and eight boards in the second half. Rogers made eight of her 15 shots from the floor and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, and no fewer than 10 of her rebounds came at the offensive end of the court.
Rogers scored 10 of BGSU's first 19 points as the Falcons withstood an early UB surge to take the lead for good midway through the first half.
The double-double was her fourth of the season and the 19th of her career.
On the season, Rogers is averaging a team-best 13.2 points per game, and is second on the team with 8.4 rebounds per game. She leads the MAC in field-goal percentage, at 55.4%.
Rogers was named the MAC Player of the Week for the East Division, while Central Michigan's Crystal Bradford earned this week's MAC P-O-W award for the West Division.
The Falcons (11-2 overall, 1-0 MAC) open the road portion of the MAC schedule with a Thursday (Jan. 9) game at Kent State. Then, the Brown and Orange will return home to face Akron on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 12), in the first half of a Falcon basketball doubleheader at the Stroh. UA was picked to win the MAC's East Division in the preseason coaches' poll, while the Falcons were tabbed for second.
Thursday's game at KSU begins at 7:00 p.m., with Sunday's UA game beginning shortly after 2:00 p.m. at the Stroh Center.