WICHITA, Kan.— Bailey Bangert of No. 14 Sterling College and Ashtyn Wiebe of Tabor College have earned the KCAC Women’s Basketball Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively, the conference office announced Monday. Perry Carroll of Ottawa University and TJ Williams of Friends University earned the KCAC Men’s Basketball Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively, the conference office announced Monday.
The student-athletes were selected for their performances from Jan. 25-31 by a vote of conference sports information directors.
WBB Offensive Player of the Week
Bailey Bangert – No. 14 Sterling College
Bangert had a strong week for the No. 14 Sterling College Lady Warriors, helping SC move to 20-0 on the season. At Bethany, Bangert finished with 20 points (7/14 shooting) in a 69-37 win, and then finished with 15 points (6/10 shooting) in a 88-45 home victory over York. Bangert also added six rebounds, five assists, and four steals, shooting 54% on the week. She currently ranks third in the KCAC in Field Goal Pct (0.518) and fifth in assists per game (3.4). She also ranks No. 19 in Division I in Total Assists (68) No. 28 in Division I in Total Scoring (283), No. 42 in Division I in Field Goal Pct (0.518), No. 45 in Division I in 3-Pt Fg Pct (0.419), and No. 49 in Division I in Assist/Turnover Ratio (2.267).
WBB Defensive Player of the Week
Ashtyn Wiebe – Tabor College
MBB Offensive Player of the Week
Perry Carroll – Ottawa University
Carroll stepped up for the Braves with the loss of their leading scorer to injury just six minutes into the game last Wednesday against Southwestern. He averaged 32.5 points, three rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game. Carroll shot 67.7 percent from the floor, 50 percent from behind the 3-pt line, and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line. He scored a then career-high 32 points to help snap Southwestern’s four-game winning streak, and he upped that personal best to 33 in the victory over Tabor. With 3:49 left in the game against Tabor and OU leading 71-65, Carroll took over. He scored 13 straight points to help the Braves pull away for the 84-70 victory.
MBB Defensive Player of the Week
T.J. Williams – Friends University
Williams averaged 3.5 steals per game in the Friends University Falcons’ two victories this week. He also recorded three defensive rebounds per game, including six defensive boards in a convincing 84-64 victory over Avila University last Saturday night (Jan. 30). For the season, Williams is tops on the team and second in the KCAC with 2.6 steals per game this season.