UNI’s Maahs named MVC Player of the Week

CEDAR FALLS — After posting back-to-back double-doubles for the Northern Iowa women’s basketball team this past weekend, sophomore Megan Maahs was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

The MVC Player of the Week honor for Maahs is the first of her career, while the weekly laurel marks her first since earning MVC newcomer of the week on Dec. 12, 2016. This is the second time a UNI player has been given the weekly award this season, as senior Kennedy Kirkpatrick earned the Panthers’ first nod back in December after a great outing against Kansas State.

Maahs led UNI in both wins last weekend, as the Panthers swept Valparaiso and Loyola on the road to close out the regular season. Maahs had a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds against the Crusaders and one of 16 points and 10 boards against the Ramblers.

That brings Maahs’ double-double count to an MVC-high 12 this season.

Overall, Maahs is averaging 10.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this season and she has climbed up to third in both total rebounds (294) and defensive rebounds (208) in a single season in UNI history.

The Panthers open up MVC tournament play on Friday when they take on Illinois State in the first round, starting at 8:30 p.m. in Moline, Ill.