Ballinger is NAIA Player of the Week

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By The Staff

For the second time in three weeks, Campbellsville University junior center Whitney Ballinger, of Carrollton, is the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Women’s Basketball National Player of the Week.

Ballinger was selected for the honor out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 12 conferences and independents. Ballinger was also named the NCCAA National Player of the Week and Mid-South Conference Player of the week for her play Jan. 11-17.

Ballinger is only the second women’s basketball player from Campbellsville to receive the NAIA National Player of the Week honor and the only one to receive the honor twice.

Ballinger averaged 21.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in three games last week.

Ballinger, a 6-3 center, leads Campbellsville in points per game (20.7), rebounds per game (10.1), steals per game (2.3) and blocks per game (3.3). She ranks second nationally in total blocks with 59 and third in total scoring and total rebounds with 372 points and 181 rebounds, respectively.

On Thursday, Ballinger had a career high in rebounds (22) and also turned in a monster game on the offensive end with 33 points as Campbellsville defeated Lindsey Wilson College, 83-67.

Campbellsville (18-1, 3-0) trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, but closed the half on a 19-11 run and then scored 10 of the game’s next 12 points after intermission to punch out a 54-48 lead.

“We did a great job getting Whitney the ball in places where she could score,” said Campbellsville Head Coach Ginger Colvin, “but she not only scored, she rebounded and played defense.”

Ballinger posted five blocks in her stat line during the game.