Athlete of the Week:
Terry Hicks (Fishers, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Hicks was named MVP of the Marymount Invitational after averaging a monster double-double of 15.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game in two Rose-Hulman wins. Hicks scored 13 points with 12 rebounds in a win over Washington & Lee, then scored 18 points with a career-high 16 rebounds in the 65-60 championship game win over host Marymount. Hicks was also 11-21 from the field and 7-10 on the free throw line in the games.
- Maurice Knight (Frankton, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Senior – Knight averaged 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as Anderson went 2-0 after capturing a 64-48 win against Illinois College and an 86-75 victory against Olivet. Knight notched 18 points and six rebounds against Illinois College, eclipsing 1,000 career points in the process. He then provided 19 points and seven rebounds against Olivet.
- Chad Frey (Lima, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Senior – Frey was spot on with a career-high 18 points thanks to 6-of-8 shooting from the field in Bluffton’s 92-68 loss at Heidelberg on Wednesday night. He averaged 10.0 PPG and hit 2-of-4 from distance and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the line. Frey finished the week with five assists, and he went 7-of-13 from the field (53.8 percent).
- Jaden Terry (Lindianapolis, Ind.) Earlham College | Guard | Junior – Terry led the Quakers on offense this week with 24 points and five assists in a 94-85 win over Adrian. The junior from Indianapolis was 5-for-7 from 3-point range and 3-for-4 from the free throw line.
- Ty Wright (Mooresville, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard/Forward | Sophomore – Wright turned in a career outing for Franklin on Saturday night in their 89-79 win over Aurora, pouring in a career-high 21 points while grabbing a personal best 14 rebounds as the Grizzlies used a big second half to earn their first win of the year. He went 8-for-16 from the field, knocking down a career-high five three-pointers on eight attempts, and added two assists and a steal.
- Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) Hanover College | Forward | Junior – Houston used a balanced attack to help lead the Panthers past Spalding 82-56. The junior netted 20 points shooting an impressive 8-for-10 from the field, including a perfect mark from three-point. He also dished out three assists while pulling in three rebounds.
- Quentez Columbus (South Bend, Ind.) Manchester University | Point Guard | First-Year – Columbus continues to impress in his first season at Manchester. In two games last week, Columbus averaged 20.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, and 2.5 spg. Continues to shoot at an exceptional rate, in two games last week, Columbus shot 72.7 percent (16-22) from the field and was 3-6 from three-point territory. Columbus also assisted on the game-winning three at Oberlin, helping Manchester to a 1-1 week in a pair of one possession games.
- Hunter Penn (Versailles, Ky.) Transylvania University | Forward | First-Year – In his first week of college basketball, Penn collected a pair of double-doubles and led the Pioneers to a 2-0 week against Division III opponents with a 62-61 win at Centre and 75-70 win over Westminster (Pa.) as the Pioneers handed both opponents their first losses of the season. Penn made his debut Monday with 20 rebounds, 11 points, and the game-winning layup with less than a second remaining in the 62-61 win at Centre. Penn added two blocks and two steals in the victory. The first-year followed up the memorable clutch performance with another double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds in Saturday’s 75-70 win over Westminster. Penn had a co-high three steals in the game to provide an all-around presence. For the week, Penn averaged 11.5 points per game, 16.5 rebounds per game, and totaled two assists, five steals, and two blocks.
Athlete of the Week:
Madison Kellione (Cynthiana, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Junior – Kellione led Transylvania to a 2-0 week up in Boston, highlighted by her buzzer-beater to lead the Pioneers to a victory over No. 7 Tufts, serving as the Pioneers’ first win over a NESCAC team. In the win against Tufts, Kellione led the Pioneers with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field with 5-of-6 made free throws and 1-of-2 from outside. It also marked Transylvania’s first win over a Top 25 team since December of 2018. Kellione added four rebounds, an assist, and a steal in the win over Tufts. In Friday’s 103-46 win over Eastern Nazarene, Kellione set a personal high for most three-pointers made and attempted, sinking 7-of-13 triples to lead the Pioneers with 21 points. She also tallied a career-high six assists and a career-high five steals. In her two games this week, Kellione shot 15-for-28 from the field (54 percent), 8-for-14 from three-point range (57 percent), and 5-for-6 on free throws. The junior posted a weekly average of 21.5 points per game, 3.5 assists per game, three rebounds per game, and three steals per game.
- Lexi Dellinger (Berne, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Senior – Dellinger racked up averages of 26 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists and two steals for the week. She also went 16-of-32 (50 percent) from the field, 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from the field and 12-of-13 (92.3 percent) from the free-throw line. Dellinger provided 15 points, six rebounds and three steals on Friday against Wittenberg. On Saturday, Dellinger poured in a historic 37 points for the Ravens against Augustana. Dellinger’s 37 points ties for the fourth-most point scored in a single game in school history. After lighting up a 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) performance from 3-point range, Dellinger became the third Raven to drain at least six 3-pointers in a game. Dellinger made each of her nine free throws, went 11-for-17 (64.7 percent) from the field and collected seven rebounds. With her performance on Saturday, Dellinger became the eighth player in program history to break the 1,000-career point barrier.
- Sammy Shardo (Findlay, Ohio) Bluffton University | Guard | Junior – Shardo hit 4-of-8 from distance for a game-high 18 points and she pulled down a career-high seven rebounds in Bluffton’s 77-43 win over Olivet on Wednesday night. She also doled out three assists and blocked a shot.
- Nysha Speed (Sterling Heights, Mich.) Defiance College | Forward | Senior – Speed helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 1-1 record last week. She led Defiance with 12 points and nine rebounds in a tough 49-47 loss to Ohio Wesleyan last Wednesday. This past Saturday, she scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds in a 65-53 win against St. Mary’s.
- Jessica Nix (Martinsville, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard/Forward | Senior – Nix averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Grizzlies in weekend contests with Centre and Oglethorpe. She set career highs with 17 points and seven steals while grabbing seven rebounds on Friday night against Centre and had a team-high 16 points with eight boards on Saturday against Oglethorpe.
- Taylor Heath (Fairland, Ind.) Hanover College |Forward | First-Year – Heath earned All-Tournament team honors as she led the Panthers to a 1-1 overall week. The first-year netted 19 total points, including 11 in the team’s victory over Westminster. She added eight assists and three rebounds in the contest. She finished the week averaging 9.5 points per game and shot 42.9 percent from the floor.
- Macy Miller (Huntertown, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Senior – Miller poured in 20 points while grabbing seven rebounds in Manchester’s 72-53 rout of Adrian College in MU’s lone game of the week. Miller shot 9-13 (69.2 percent) from the field. Matched her career-high with three steals. Also added two assists and a blocked shot.
- Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Guard | Graduate Student – Haberthy had a record-breaking week for the Lions. In the team’s lone contest of the week Haberthy played 39 minutes scoring 29 points, with seven rebounds and five assists. Her first point of the Lions 72-59 win against Heidelberg put her alone in the top spot on the career scoring list at The Mount. Breaking the previous record of 1,450 set in 1979-80 by Julie Biermann.
- Jordan Barlow (Haven, Kan.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Barlow averaged 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as the Fightin’ Engineers finish 1-1 at the North Park Invitational. In the team’s win over Elmhurst, Barlow scored a career-high with 21 points on 9-15 from the field with three steals.