Horizon League Athletes of the Week

For the week of December 26, 2011

Damian Eargle Youngstown State Men's Basketball

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Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio Eargle helped Youngstown State (7-6, 2-1 Horizon) snap a four-game losing skid as the Penguins traveled to Cleveland State and knocked off the Vikings, 73-67. The 6-foot-7 junior dominated the post, recording 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Eargle went 8-for-11 from the field and hit 4-of-5 free throws, scoring 14 of his points in the second half to help the Penguins overcome a two-point halftime deficit.

Julie Wojta Green Bay Women's Basketball

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Hometown: Francis Creek, Wis. Wojta led the Phoenix to two wins last week to open conference play. She had 14 points and tied a career-high with 15 rebounds against UIC and followed up with 15 points and team-high eight rebounds against Loyola.

Ray McCallum Detroit Men's Basketball

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Hometown: Beverly Hills, Mich. McCallum, the leading scorer in the Horizon League at 18.8 points per game, posted a game-high 22 against Canisius, handing out seven assists against one turnover and adding five rebounds. The junior’s 0.337 efficiency-per-possession rating led all players in the game. The 2012-13 Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year, McCallum has recorded eight 20 or more point games this season.

Cully Payne Loyola Men's Basketball

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Hometown: Schaumburg, Ill. Spearheading Loyola’s offense against DePaul’s full-court press, Payne scored a season-high 24 points, dishing out four assists and contributing four rebounds and two steals as the Ramblers beat the Blue Demons for the first time since 1989. The 24-point effort was one shy of Payne’s career high, set when he was at Iowa.