SCIAC Athletes of the Week: December 4, 2017

SCIAC Athletes of the Week: December 4, 2017
SCIAC Fall Weekly Release #13
Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week
Joey Sponheim
Junior • Guard • Redlands, California


Sponheim helped pace Redlands to a split in a competitive weekend at the Lee Fulmer Memorial Classic. First, he supplied 18 points and six assists in the Bulldogs’ 80-74 victory over UC Santa Cruz. He was near-perfect at the charity stripe (5-for-6) and hauled in three rebounds. He had an incredible 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio in a stellar performance. In the second game against Wisconsin-Whitewater, Sponheim tied for first on the team with 17 points and eight rebounds. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and shot 46.2% from the field.

Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week
Tala Ismail
Sophomore • Guard/Forward • Pasadena, California


Ismail paced Occidental to an impressive, 71-69 double-overtime victory over Redlands in SCIAC play during the Tigers’ 1-0 week. Ismail netted 27 points and hauled in 10 rebounds in addition to notching five steals. The 6-footer from Pasadena, Calif. was 3-for-6 from three-point range to highlight an 8-for-16 effort from the floor. She was also 8-for-14 from the free throw line, dished out an assist, and blocked a shot to compliment her game-high 27 points. 

Men's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
Lukas Menkhoff
First-Year • Breaststroke • Singapore


Menkhoff of Pomona-Pitzer powered to victory in the 100-yard breaststroke with an NCAA ‘B’ Cut mark of 55.17, and helped the Sagehens’ 200-yard medley relay team post a winning time of 1:30.97 to also establish an NCAA ‘B’ Cut mark. Both swims were also pool records despite Pomona-Pitzer falling to CMS, 191-161 in the dual-meet. 


Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
Claire Bacon-Brenes
Sophomore • Breaststroke • Portland, Oregon


Bacon-Brenes was impressive in CMS’s 192-161 loss to Pomona-Pitzer winning the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.76) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:22.51). Both times were NCAA ‘B’ Cut qualifying marks, and her 200-yard breaststroke time also set a new pool record. Additionally, Bacon-Brenes helped propel the Athenas’ 400-yard medley relay squad to a pool record time of 3:54.15.