ST. LOUIS – Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the third-straight week while freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) was named the MVC Newcomer of the Week for the fourth time this season, the league office announced Monday afternoon. In her first season, Hittner continued her outstanding play in the wins over Loyola and Indiana State. She averaged 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals. Against Loyola, Hittner recorded her second career double-double with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Against Indiana State, she finished with 14 points and nine rebounds along with a career-high five assists and three steals. On the season, Hittner averages 11.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. This week is a showdown of the MVC’s two remaining undefeated teams in conference play as Drake (15-4, 8-0 MVC) travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa to take on UNI (15-4, 8-0 MVC) on Friday, Jan. 27. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version Wendell continued her strong play in wins over Loyola and Indiana State this past weekend. In the victories, she averaged 27.0 points, 2.0 steals, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Wendell opened the weekend in a big win over Loyola with a game-high 25 points on a blistering 10-of-14 shooting performance and added three steals, one assist and one block. She followed that performance in the comeback victory over Indiana State with a game-high 29 points, making all 9-of-9 free throws, and added two assists, two rebounds and one steal. Wendell has scored 20 or more points in eight of Drake’s last 10 games and in her career, has a league-high 60 games of scoring 20 or more points. This season along with her league-leading scoring average of 22.6, Wendell is averaging 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.9 steals while shooting 54.4 percent from the floor. Wendell has been named MVC Player of the Week four times this season and 13 times in her outstanding career which ranks second all-time in conference history.