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Jones earns second OVC Player of the Week honor

Jones earns second OVC Player of the Week honor

By Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Anna Jones took home her second Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week Award on Tuesday, closing out another stellar week for the Jackson native as the Tennessee Tech women's basketball team starts to wind down the regular-season slate.

The honor was nominated and voted on by the league's sports information contacts.

Last week in victories over Eastern Illinois and SIUE on the road, Jones averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds, while also collecting five assists. From the field, Jones was 13-for-22, shooting a .591 clip, and was 2-for-6 from 3-point range. At the line, she was 9-for-17 with a .529 hit rate.

At Eastern Illinois, Jones scored 14 points on a 5-for-8 effort with a 3-pointer, while also hitting 3-of-4 at the charity stripe. She also had three assists and seven rebounds in the contest. On Saturday at SIUE, Jones had her fourth career double-double and third of the season, scoring 23 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Jones ended the game 8-for-14 from the floor and 6-for-13 at the line.

Jones has been on a tear in OVC competition. Despite missing the first two games of league play, Jones has been averaging 14.4 points and 7.5 rebounds against conference schools, shooting .521 from the field, .345 beyond the arc and .65- at the free-throw line. She is also averaging 2.67 assists and 1.5 steals per game. In conference play alone, Jones ranks sixth in the conference in scoring and third in rebounds.

SIUE's Gabby Nikitinaite was named the league's Newcomer of the Week and UT Martin's Shae Littleford was the Freshman of the Week.

The Golden Eagles (16-8, 11-3 OVC) currently stand in second in the conference standings, trailing Belmont (16-7, 12-2 OVC) by a single game. Murray State (18-7, 10-4 OVC) and Austin Peay (17-7, 10-4 OVC) are currently tied for third. With three of Tech's last four games at home, those games become crucially important in securing the merit byes in the OVC Basketball Championships in Evansville, Ind., in two weeks.

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Photo | Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information

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