Feb. 13, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On a weekly basis, IUHOOSIERS.com will recognize the top performances in Hoosier Athletics by selecting an IU Athlete of the Week. For the week ending Feb. 12, senior women's basketball player Cyndi Valentin earned the honor for the second time this season. She also earned the honor for the week of Jan. 17. Valentin was recognized as Big Ten Co-Player of the Week as well.
"Cyndi had two great games this week and really helped us earn two important wins," Indiana head coach Sharon Versyp said. "We are happy for her and hope she continues to play aggressively in our next few games."
The Bloomington, Ind., native netted 22 points in each game against Penn State on Feb. 9 and Northwestern on Feb. 12. Valentin starred in her final regular season home game versus the Wildcats, as she went 4-of-6 from three-point range, corralled a season-high seven rebounds and recorded five assists and two steals. On the week she averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 38.5 minutes of play.
Valentin, a two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree, is currently tied for second in the Big Ten in scoring with an average of 17.7 ppg. She also ranks second in free throw percentage with a clip of .922 (106-of-115).
Valentin earned the IU Athlete of the Week honor from a list of deserving student-athletes. The list of nominees include senior Joe Dubuque (wrestling), senior Stephen Haas (men's track and field), and senior Sarah Batty (women's tennis).
Hoosier Honor Roll
Senior Joe Dubuque (wrestling):
Dubuque remained undefeated as he disposed of Tim Haas (Penn State) by a 18-3 technical fall in Friday's meet against the Nittany Lions. The feat is Dubuque's third technical of the season and 13th of his career. With the win, Dubuque moved just one win away from entering the all-time Indiana wins list at No. 10. The No. 1 ranked grappler at 125 pounds is now 18-0 overall and 6-0 in Big Ten action. Dubuque is one of only six Big Ten grapplers still undefeated on the season in their respective weight classes and is looking to be only the third IU wrestler to go undefeated in a season.
Senior Stephen Haas (men's track and field):
Haas' fourth place time of 13:44.09 in the men's 5,000m at the highly-competitive Tyson Inviational met the NCAA's automatic qualifying time. Haas is the first Hoosier this season to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships.
Senior Sarah Batty (women's tennis):
Batty led the Hoosiers to three wins this weekend over Marquette, DePaul and Butler. Batty was unstoppable at both singles and doubles. Batty topped Marquette's Lauren Little, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 singles on Sat. Against DePaul on Sunday, the No. 98 ranked Batty defeated her first ranked opponent in Gergana Ganeva, 6-4, 6-7, 10-6. Later that day, the Chesterfield, England native beat Alaina Griffen, 6-1, 7-5. In doubles, Batty and partner junior Laura McGaffigan topped Marquette's Calbeto and Little, 8-2, DePaul's toughest pair of Ganeva and Antunovic, 8-1 and Butler's Griffen and Baily, 8-3.