Whittington Nabs Second Weekly Award
CLEVELAND, Ohio - For the second time in as many days, Shayne Whittington was named a Mid-American Conference Player of the Week, as the Broncos' starting center was named MAC West Player of the Week by the conference for December 4. Earlier in the week, Whittington earned the MAC Player of the Week award from College Sports Madness.
Whittington sparked the Broncos to a pair of victories at home last week, running Western Michigan's win streak to six games. Whittington recorded a game-high 10 rebounds in the Broncos' buzzer-beating win over High Point on Thursday, contributing four points, two assists, and two blocks in the effort as well. Whittington was dominant in the Broncos' win against Oakland two days later, contributing a team-high 14 points and a career-high six blocked shots, the second-highest single-game total in program history. Whittington also hauled in eight rebounds and recorded an assist and a steal.
The Broncos' six-game win streak is the longest since the 2004-05 season, when the Broncos won six straight early in the season; that streak came on the heels of a loss, which had directly succeeded a seven-game win streak. The win against Oakland was the 100th home victory for the Broncos under head coach Steve Hawkins, now in his 10th season.