ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has named Denver men’s basketball player Brett Olson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Fort Wayne women’s basketball player Amanda Hyde (Findlay, Ohio) as the Female Athlete of the Month for December.
Olson earns his first career award after leading Denver to a 6-3 record during the month. The junior forward began the month with 19 points, four rebounds and two steals in a home win over Southern. Two games later, he scored a career-high 24 points with five assists as Denver claimed its first win at Colorado State since 1979. On Dec. 15, in a three-point win over Wyoming, Olson scored 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. He also had a 16-point, six-assist performance in a win over Alcorn State on Dec. 28 and scored 18 points with five assists and five rebounds in the New Year’s Eve win over St. Francis (Pa.). The Dec. 16 Player of the Week honoree averaged 16.7 points, 3.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals in December. He shot 48 percent (47-of-99) from the field and 95 percent (37-of-39) at the free throw line along with a 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Hyde collects her first career Athlete of the Month award after guiding Fort Wayne to a 4-3 record, including a win at No. 18 Michigan State on Dec. 1. Against the Spartans, the senior guard scored 23 points and dished out seven assists with a pair of rebounds and steals to lead the Mastodons to their first-ever win over a Big Ten program. She added 32 points on 10-of-13 shooting with 10 rebounds in a Dec. 4 loss at Evansville and also scored 32 points against Ball State on Dec. 29. Hyde came one assist shy of a triple-double in a win at Detroit on Dec. 21. She scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out nine assists in the victory. A two-time Player of the Week, Hyde averaged 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and 1.6 steals per contest while shooting 62 percent (51-of-82) from the field, 67 percent from downtown (18-of-27) and 85 percent (41-of-48) from the free throw line.
Also nominated for the Men’s Athlete of the Month: Luis Jacobo, Fort Wayne, basketball; Marcellus Barksdale, IUPUI, basketball; Andy Lillejord, North Dakota State, track & field; John Karhoff, Omaha, basketball; Garret Covington, Western Illinois, basketball.
Also nominated for the Women’s Athlete of the Month: Samantha Corea, Denver, swimming & diving; Nevena Markovic, IUPUI, basketball; Holly Johnson, North Dakota State, basketball; Ericka House, Omaha, basketball; Polly Harrington, South Dakota, basketball; Ashley Luke, Western Illinois, basketball.