MVC Scholar-Athlete Teams
St. LOUIS, Mo.
-- Missouri State's Liza Fruendt
was recognized Tuesday (March 7) for her work in the classroom and on the court with a pair of academic awards from the Missouri Valley Conference. The junior is one of five members of the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team in women's basketball, as well as the Enterprise Bank MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week, given to the top weekly performer across all the league's women's sports.
A second-team MVC Scholar-Athlete pick last season, Fruendt owns a 3.70 cumulative grade point average as an administrative management major. She has started all 29 Missouri State games this season and averages 16.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
In MVC games, Fruendt boosted her averages to 18.2 points, 6.0 boards and 2.7 assists as the only player to rank in the top 12 in each category. A native of Batavia, Ill., the guard has scored in double figures in 25 of 29 games, led MSU in scoring 20 times, and had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Evansville on Feb. 12. Her 66 3-pointers also rank third in the MVC.
Last Thursday, Fruendt scored 46 points at 22nd-ranked Drake, the fifth-best total in school history behind only Jackie Stiles
. She added 17 points and nine rebounds Saturday at UNI, giving her averages of 31.5 points and 7.5 rebounds on 50 percent shooting in road games against the league's first- and second-place teams. Her 17-for-31 shooting performance at Drake tied for third at MSU in terms of field goals made, included six 3-pointers, and ranked as the fourth-most points in the NCAA this season.
The criteria for the MVC's Scholar-Athlete Team voting parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Capital One Academic All-America voting. Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average (4.0 scale). Student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were not eligible), must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution and must have played in 75 percent of their team's games.
The Lady Bears (16-13, 12-6) are the No. 3 seed at this week's MVC Tournament in Moline, Ill., and open play on Friday at 8:30 p.m. against sixth-seeded Evansville.