Clark, Johnson named TSWA Players of the Week

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Carson-Newman’s Clark named TSWA award winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Carson-Newman’s Charles Clark earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades on Tuesday, averaging 27.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game in a pair of Eagles victories.

The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native hit 11-of-14 shots and collected 27 points along with 13 boards and six assists in a victory over Anderson University. The 6-foot-2 guard followed that with 28 points, 13 caroms and seven helpers in a win against Newberry College, connecting on 10-of-18 shots with four 3-pointers.

Clark set a season-high in scoring versus Anderson before breaking the mark three days later against Newberry. He also posted career-highs in rebounds in both outings and registered his second and third double-doubles of the season.

Before last week, only one Carson-Newman player had ever recorded 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a game (Kyle Gribble in 2002) and Clark accomplished the feat in both contests. He is averaging 21.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season.

November 17 – Matthew Butler, UT Martin
November 22 – Josh Robinson, Austin Peay
November 29 – Dedric Lawson, Memphis
December 6 – Evan Bradds, Belmont
December 13 – Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb
December 20 – Dedric Lawson, Memphis
January 3 – Reggie Upshaw, Middle Tennessee
January 10 – Markel Crawford, Memphis
January 17 – Brody Stone, University of the South

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Middle Tennessee’s Johnson earns TSWA weekly honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee’s Alex Johnson garnered Tennessee Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors on Tuesday, posting 29.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in two victories for the Blue Raiders.

The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native made 7-of-9 shots and hit 8-for-10 at the foul line for 22 points with five rebounds against Florida International. The 6-foot sophomore made 13-of-24 attempts and connected on 10-of-12 free throws for a career-best 37 points versus Florida Atlantic.

The 37-point output was the most for a Blue Raider player since Alysha Clark netted 48 versus Arkansas-Little Rock in 2010. Johnson is posting a team-best 19.3 points along with 5.3 rebounds per game this season for Middle Tennessee.

November 17 – Jada Smith, Union University
November 22 – Bella Taylor, University of the South
November 29 – Jada Smith, Union University
December 6 – Whitney Mitchell, King University
December 13 – Samantha Reeves, Christian Brothers
December 20 – Darby Maggard, Belmont
January 3 – Ty Petty, Middle Tennessee
January 10 – Sally McCabe, Belmont
January 17 – Samantha Reeves, Christian Brothers