Drake’s Timmer nabs another honor

ST. LOUIS — Drake University senior Reed Timmer has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Timmer led Drake to a pair of MVC wins last week by averaging 23 points per game while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor and 53.3 percent from three.

The senior guard opened the week with 28 points, including six 3-pointers, against Illinois State for his eighth 20-point game of the season, then he dropped 18 points in a win against Indiana State.

With the 28 points against the Redbirds, Timmer moved into second place on the all-time scoring list for Drake, and his current 1,677 career points is 16th-most among active NCAA players.

Bulldogs’ Hittner tops MVC weekly list

ST. LOUIS — Drake University sophomore Becca Hittner was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for the first time in her career, the conference announced on Monday.

Hittner averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, four assists and two steals per game as she helped the Bulldogs go 2-0 on their MVC road trip last week. Against Missouri State, Hittner dropped a game-high 24 points behind a 6-for-10 shooting performance from the floor. She also led all scorers in Drake’s win over Southern Illinois University with 15 points on another 6-for-10 performance. She also had a career-high seven assists with seven rebounds and three steals against the Salukis.

Hittner currently ranks second in the MVC in scoring at 15.4 points per game and she is fourth in the conference in shooting percentage at 47.4 percent.

Iowa’s Jackson on All-America team

ATLANTA — University of Iowa redshirt freshman offensive lineman Alaric Jackson has been named to the Freshman All-America first team by the Football Writers Association of America.

Jackson started all 12 regular season games at left tackle in 2017. He was also named to the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team selected by BTN.com.

As a member of Iowa’s starting offensive line, Jackson helped lead the way for senior running back Akrum Wadley to rush for 1,109 yards and 10 touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Nate Stanley passed for 2,437 yards and 26 touchdowns.