Ballinger named conference Player of the Year

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By The Staff

The Mid-South Conference announced its annual women’s basketball awards last week at the conference’s annual banquet. Headlining the night were Campbellsville University juniors and 1,000 Point Club members Whitney Ballinger and Courtney Danis, along with CU head coach Ginger Colvin.

Carrollton’s Ballinger, one of 10 women named to the MSC All-Conference team, is the MSC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, while Danis is the MSC Champion of Character. Colvin was named the MSC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year for the second straight year.

Ballinger ranked in the conference’s top-two in six individual categories. She ended the regular season second in scoring (21.5 points per game), rebounding (11.6), field goal percentage (51.6 percent), and steals per game (2.4). She led the conference in double-doubles (19) and blocked shots per game (3.6).

Beyond the conference, Ballinger ranked in the NAIA’s top-five in scoring, rebounding, blocks and double-doubles. Her 19 double-doubles led the nation.

The former Carroll County High School standout earned MSC Player of the Week honors a record nine times this season and NAIA National Player of the Week on three occasions.

Colvin was selected by her peers as MSC Coach of the Year. She led the Tigers to their second straight MSC regular season title and the first undefeated MSC record (14-0) in the league’s history. Campbellsville finished the regular season with a 29-1 overall record.

Ballinger was also among 32 student-athletes who earned academic all-conference for maintaining at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and being a sophomore or higher standing.

The Mid-South Conference is composed of 17 member schools in eight states, including seven colleges in Kentucky.