GLIAC -- The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced its first player of the week awards for the 2021 women's basketball season. Northern Michigan sophomore forward Makaylee Kuhn earned GLIAC Women's Basketball North Division Player of the Week honors, while Grand Valley State junior guard Emily Spitzley captured South Division Player of the Week.
NORTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Makaylee Kuhn - Northern Michigan
Makaylee Kuhn opened the 2020-21 season with a conference leading 56-point weekend to lead her team to the weekend sweep at Parkside. The sophomore from Hilbert, Wisconsin, also posted a career-high 38-point night in game two as the Wildcats defeated the Rangers in a close 77-76 contest. Through two games this season, Kuhn is shooting 61.1 percent from the field and boasts an even 50 percent shot from beyond the arc with three three-point shots made on six attempts. Her ball control skills have also helped her team remain undefeated to start the season as she picked up multiple defensive rebounds late in Sunday’s game to secure the victory. In total, Kuhn has seven rebounds (five defensive) in 2020-21.
SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Emily Spitzley - Grand Valley State
Grand Valley State junior Emily Spitzley made her first career starts at Saginaw Valley State this past weekend and her efforts led the Lakers to a pair of victories. On Friday, the Fowler, Mich. native scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds before posting a double-double on Saturday with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Spitzley only played in 13 games (3.7 ppg.) last season due to a season ending injury and has stepped into a leadership role this year after the graduation of seven seniors.
NORTH: Jordan Ludescher (MTU), Molly Devalkenaere (PNW), Kadyn Blanchard (FSU), Claire Jakalitis (UWP), Margot Woughter (LSSU)
SOUTH: Adele Kemp (NU), Hallie Heidemann (AU), Kaitlyn Zarycki (SVSU), Grace George (WSU)