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Ballinger repeats as Co-NAIA Player of the Year

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Campbellsville University senior Whitney Ballinger was named the NAIA Co-Player of the Year and a First Team All-American for the second straight season.

“She’s the best we’ve ever had, and that’s a pretty good obstacle to get over because we’ve had so many good players,” CU head coach Ginger Colvin said. “What she’s accomplished in three years is phenomenal to say the least. She’s the most complete basketball player I’ve ever seen.”

Ballinger is the third NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball player to win the award twice, according to NAIA records. She shares the NAIA award with 2011 WBCA Player of the Year Meribeth Boehler of Freed-Hardeman University.

Ballinger, from Carrollton, led the NAIA for points per game entering the NAIA Tournament, averaging 23.39 points through 31 games played this season. She finished the year with a total of 772 points, moving her into third-place on CU’s all-time scoring list with 2,064 points. She finished in the Top 10 of seven stat categories. She was second in points per game (22.71) and total points. She was third in total blocks (107) and blocks per game (3.147), fourth in defensive rebounds per game (8.029) and ninth in total rebounds (352).

She was the only player in NAIA Division I to average 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks this season. She did so, averaging 28.6 minutes per game.

In 2010, Ballinger was named the WBCA Player of the Year and NAIA Co-Player of the Year after leading the nation in scoring (813), total blocks (147) and total rebounds (422). Each is a CU single-season record.

Ballinger will participate in a pro tryout April 1-2 in Indianapolis in front of WNBA and international scouts.

“I’m going into it open minded,” she said. “All season I put off my future decisions on basketball until now. Hopefully I can go and play well and make a decision.”