Prochaska piling on accolades
Notes: Bowling Green senior posts third 30-point game of season
Amy Hughes, NCAA.com
Bowling Green senior Lauren Prochaska has had a season full of milestones. The two-time defending Mid-American Conference Player of the Year had another performance befitting that honor, posting 37 points in the Falcons 60-55 win at Eastern Michigan on Saturday. She added 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and 12th of her career. It was her third performance of 30 or more points this season and sixth of her career.
Prochaska was named the East Division Player of the Week by the Mid-American Conference office on Monday.
That point total was the second-highest single-game total in BGSU history, behind Prochaska’s 43-point performance at home against Central Michigan two years ago (Feb. 15, 2009).
Prochaska became Bowling Green’s all-time leading scorer on Feb. 5 in a home win over Ball State, and currently has 2,164 career points to rank fourth in Mid-American Conference history. She is now 60 points behind the third-place spot on the MAC scoring list (Carrie Moore, Western Michigan, 2,224 points from 2003-07).
Prochaska was one of 30 players from across the country named to the Naismith Trophy midseason list announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Monday morning. She is averaging 19.4 points and 6.3 rebounds this season, leading BGSU in both categories. Nationally, Prochaska ranks fourth in NCAA Division I with a 92.2 free throw percentage (through games of Feb. 13) and 20th in points per game.
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