By BLAKE TOPPMEYER
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
Looking for some inspiration during the break from game action around the holidays, Quincy University junior guard Lucy Cramsey watched some videos of Michael Jordan.
Since then, Cramsey might not necessarily be playing like Mike, but she's certainly playing to the high level she's capable of.
On Monday, Cramsey was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week. The weekly honor is the first of Cramsey's career and the first for Quincy since Ali Schwagmeyer won the award on Feb. 6, 2012.
Cramsey averaged 17 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in a pair of QU wins last week and made 54.2 percent of her field-goal attempts. Cramsey has notched three straight double-doubles. She's averaging 12.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Her rebound average ranks second in the GLVC.
During the Lady Hawks' current five-game winning streak, Cramsey is averaging 14 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
"I think a lot of it has to do with my mental game," Cramsey said of her recent improvement. "Over Christmas break, I had a lot of time to think about it.
"I like to watch a lot of videos of some great athletes and see what their mentalities are, and that was one thing I had to change. The main thing was just getting a different focus. That's one thing that has helped me a ton."
Cramsey endured a scare with her right knee during QU's 65-62 win over Southern Indiana on Saturday. That's the same knee she suffered an ACL tear in that caused her to miss the 2010-11 season.
Cramsey had her knee evaluated Monday and said she suffered a mild sprain but that she plans to play Thursday when the Lady Hawks (6-6, 4-0) play at Missouri S&T (8-5, 4-1).
"I will be playing, but probably not as much," Cramsey said. "Well, I would assume I am (playing). I'm going to take it pretty slow. … I'm looking to the future here. I know the girls will be fine with or without me the way we've been playing. I'm just going to take it nice and easy."
Cramsey said she didn't practice Monday, but she plans to practice Tuesday.
Cramsey was hobbled by her knee late in Saturday's game and told QU coach Jeni Garber she felt her knee pop. Cramsey headed to the bench for a minute but returned to action about a minute later.