TSWA award winners announced - Feb. 22


MEN’S BASKETBALL: Belmont’s Windler named TSWA award winner
– Belmont University’s Dylan Windler earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors on Thursday, netting 24.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in a pair of games for the Bruins, including just the third 30-point, 20-rebound game of the year in all of Division I.

The Indianapolis, Ind., native posted 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists versus Eastern Kentucky, hitting 5-of-8 shots overall with a pair of 3-pointers. The junior registered 36 points, 20 boards and three assists against Morehead State, connecting on 14-of-17 shots, including 6-for-9 from behind the arc.

He joined Duke’s Marvin Bagley and Baylor’s Jo Lual-Acuil as the only players in the nation this season with 30-20 outings. He recorded 26 points and 14 rebounds in the first half alone and established Curb Events Center single-game records for rebounds and field goals made. Windler is averaging 17.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game this season.

November 14 – Devin Whitfield, Trevecca University
November 21 – Dylan Windler, Belmont
November 28 – Grant Williams, Tennessee
December 5 – Nick King, Middle Tennessee
December 12 – Fatodd Lewis, UT Martin
December 19 – Amanze Egekeze, Belmont
December 27 – Nick King, Middle Tennessee
January 3 – Averyl Ugba, Austin Peay
January 9 – Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb
January 16 – Jeremiah Martin, Memphis
January 23 – Dylan Windler, Belmont
January 30 – Adrian Thomas, University of the South
February 6 – Charles Clark, Carson-Newman
February 13 – Jordan Floyd, King University


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Union’s Shumpert garners TSWA weekly honor
– Union University’s Chelsey Shumpert garnered Tennessee Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades on Thursday, averaging 32.0 points in two games, including a 42-point outburst for the Bulldogs.

The Paducah, Ky., native posted 22 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in a victory over West Alabama, connecting on 6-of-16 shots with three 3-pointers. She also made 7-for-9 at the foul line for Union.

Shumpert hit 14-of-25 shots overall and was 8-for-17 from behind the arc at West Florida, adding four rebounds for the Bulldogs. She made 6-of-8 at the foul line as well, tying her for second in most points in a regulation game in program history.

She is averaging 25.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game this season.

November 14 – Mika Wester, Carson-Newman
November 21 – Haris Price, Carson-Newman
November 28 – Kylee Smith, Belmont
December 5 – Chelsey Shumpert, Union University
December 12 – Kendall Spray, UT Martin
December 19 – Ant’Treasia Patton, Cumberland University
December 27 – Kylee Smith, Belmont
January 3 – Sally McCabe, Belmont
January 9 – Chelsey Shumpert, Union University
January 16 – Jada Perkins, Union University
January 23 – Chelsey Shumpert, Union University
January 30 – Kori West, King University
February 6 – Kendall Spray, UT Martin
February 13 – Callie Hackett, Trevecca University


BASEBALL: Cumberland’s Blackwell, Carson-Newman’s Cate garner TSWA accolades
. – Cumberland University’s Kyle Blackwell and Carson-Newman’s Dillon Cate were named the Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Tuesday for their performances for February 12-18.

Blackwell was 3-for-7 (.429) with a double, two home runs and four RBIs in two games for the Phoenix. The Waterdown, Ontario, native hit a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo shot in the fifth, giving Cumberland a 3-1 advantage in the second game of a doubleheader against the University of St. Francis [IL]. The Saints tied the game with two runs in the sixth, but Blackwell’s double in the corner plated Andy Garretson with the game-winning run and a walk-off 4-3 victory for CU.

After a slow start Blackwell leads the Phoenix with a .409 average (9-for-22) with three doubles, two home runs, 10 RBIs and six runs scored in nine contests.


Cate tossed 7.1 no-hit innings versus 14th-ranked Northwood University, striking out 15 with six walks and one hit batter. The Sevierville, Tenn., native walked two batters in the first inning but then retired 20 of the next 23 hitters before running into trouble in the eighth. Carson-Newman led just 2-0 when the righthander exited the contest.

Cate is 2-0 with a 3.66 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 17.2 innings of work over three starts this season for the Eagles.


SOFTBALL: Trevecca’s Alexander, Carson-Newman’s Rinus named TSWA award winners
– Trevecca University’s Bailey Alexander and Carson-Newman’s Lacie Rinus were named the Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Tuesday for their performances for February 12-18.

Alexander batted .538 (7-for-13) in four games for the Trojans against Black Hills State with two home runs, 11 RBIs and eight runs scored. The Glasgow, Ky., native hit a grand slam and a three-run homer, all in the same inning, in the first game of the series against the Yellow Jackets, part of an 11-run inning for TNU. The junior infielder walked and scored in the second game of the doubleheader.

She was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs scored three days later versus BHSU, including an RBI single and a two-run base hit. Alexander had one RBI in the final contest against Black Hills State. She is batting .481 with 13 RBIs and 11 runs scored through eight games this season.


Rinus posted a 3-1 mark in the circle with a 1.56 ERA over four outings and 27.0 innings, walking eight with 29 strikeouts. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native tossed a two-hit shutout versus North Greeneville with two walks and nine strikeouts.

The sophomore lefthander allowed just three hits in a complete-game shutout against King University, walking three and striking out eight. She suffered the loss in the second game versus the Tornado, giving up five earned runs on six hits in 5.0 innings.

Rinus rebounded against Augusta College, allowing one run on eight hits with nine strikeouts in a 2-1 victory. She improved to 5-2 with a 1.94 ERA in nine appearances this season covering 47.0 innings, striking out 52 with 17 walks. Opponents are batting just 1.83 against her.