Jan. 9, 2006
Liz Shimek, Michigan State
SR, 6-2, F, Empire, Mich./Maple City-Glen Lake
Shimek was her usual dominant self the past week, averaging 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 52 percent (17-for-33) from the field in leading MSU to a pair of home wins. Against Penn State, Shimek scored 22 points -- the most in her career versus the Lady Lions -- and shot 10-for-15 (.667) from the field. She also had eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. She took over in the second half, keying a 20-0 run for the Spartans to end the game, going 8-for-13 with 18 points and seven rebounds in the last 20 minutes. In the PSU game, Shimek became the school's all-time leading rebounder and currently ranks eighth all-time in Big Ten history at 975. Two days later she fueled MSU's 73-71 win over No. 8/8 Rutgers, preserving the Spartans' school record home-court winning streak, which is now at 22 games. Shimek scored 19 points and was 7-of-18 from the field with seven rebounds and a career-high six assists. She also has 1,481 career points, just 19 shy of becoming the fifth player in Spartan history to score 1,500 career points.
This is Shimek's fourth Big Ten Player of the Week selection of the 2005-06 season.
Last MSU POW: Liz Shimek (12/12/05)