TSWA weekly award winners - Feb. 21

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Austin Peay’s Murry named TSWA award winner
– Austin Peay’s John Murry earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades on Tuesday, averaging 28.5 points with eight 3-pointers in a pair of victories for the Governors.

The Indianapolis, Ind., native posted a career-high 32 points versus Eastern Illinois, netting 10 straight late in the first half and again midway through the second period. The senior guard made 10-of-21 shots overall with four 3-pointers and hit 8-of-9 at the foul line, adding five rebounds and three assists in the victory.

Murry followed that with 25 points against SIU-Edwardsville, netting four more 3-pointers. He was also 7-for-8 at the foul line and grabbed five boards in the win. He is averaging 16.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 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
January 24 – Charles Clark, Carson-Newman
January 31 – Jacolby Mobley, UT Martin
February 7 – Javier Martinez, UT Martin
February 14 – Charles Clark, Carson-Newman

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Belmont’s McCabe earns TSWA weekly honor
– Belmont’s Sally McCabe garnered Tennessee Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors on Tuesday, recording 14.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks along with surpassing 1,000 points in her career.

The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native collected 11 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks at Eastern Kentucky, hitting 4-of-7 shots along with 3-for-4 at the foul line in the victory. The junior center then posted 18 points, 12 boards and three blocks in just 21 minutes versus Morehead State, surpassing the 1,000 point mark in the contest as well. She registered her fourth and fifth double-doubles of the year.

McCabe is averaging 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game this season for the Bruins.

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
January 24 – Alex Johnson, Middle Tennessee
January 31 – Bria Gaines, Union University
February 7 – Amber Levi, Bryan College
February 14 – Ty Petty, Middle Tennessee

BASEBALL: Union’s Milton, Maryville’s Heffner garner TSWA accolades
– Union University’s Nolen Milton and Maryville College’s Evan Heffner were named the Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Tuesday for their performances for February 13-19.

Milton batted .444 (8-for-19) with two doubles, three home runs, 15 RBIs and nine runs scored in four games. The Clarksville, Tenn., native started the week with a 4-for-6 outing at Arkansas-Monticello that included two doubles, two home runs (one was a grand slam), a school single-game record nine RBIs and four runs scored.

He hit a two-run homer in the first of a three-game series at Shorter University and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored in the second contest against the Hawks. Milton added a double and two RBIs in the series finale as well. He is batting .426 with five home runs and 21 RBIs through 11 games for the Bulldogs.

Heffner tossed a complete-game four-hitter versus MacMurray College, allowing one unearned run. The lefthander walked two and struck out seven in the nine-inning contest. He retired the first six batters of the contest and nine of the last 10 against the Highlanders. Heffner is 1-1 with a 2.87 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 15.2 innings this season.

February 14 – Ryan Addington, Carson-Newman (Player); Travis Dohr, Cumberland University (Pitcher)

SOFTBALL: Belmont’s Deloney, Lipscomb’s Thomas named TSWA award winners
–Belmont’s Chelsey Deloney and Lipscomb’s McCarley Thomas were named the Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Tuesday for their performances for February 13-19.

Deloney batted .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles, three home runs, eight RBIs and six runs scored in four games for the Bruins. The Gardendale, Ala., native collected two doubles and two RBIs versus Western Illinois and belted a three-run homer at Western Kentucky.

The senior catcher drilled a two-homer in the bottom of the sixth against Miami [OH], driving in the game-winning runs in a 4-2 victory, and followed that with a solo homer in the championship game versus Western Illinois. She is batting .407 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and seven runs scored through eight games.

Thomas posted two wins and a save in four appearances for the Bisons, allowed just two earned runs over 15.1 innings of work with one walk and 20 strikeouts. The Brentwood, Tenn., native tossed a complete game versus Monmouth, striking out seven and giving up one run on five hits.

She also earned a victory against Eastern Kentucky in 4.1 innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits with five strikeouts. The righthander worked 2.2 scoreless innings of relief versus College of Charleston, giving up two hits with three strikeouts to earn a save, and tossed 3.1 innings of relief against Winthrop, allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts.

Thomas is 2-2 with 26 strikeouts in 23.1 innings over six appearances so far this season for Lipscomb.

February 14 – Lexi Cushing, Middle Tennessee (Player); Brooklin Lee, Belmont (Pitcher)