NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On the biggest stage, Ellie Harmeyer shined brightest on Sunday. A day later, her performance against nationally ranked [10/10] Tennessee has drawn a pair of weekly awards.
Harmeyer (Kenosha, Wis.) was named women's basketball player of the week by both the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and the Ohio Valley Conference, sharing the latter award with Murray State's Evelyn Adebayo. Harmeyer is the second straight Belmont player to earn each award after Jenny Roy swept the honors last week.
Against women's college basketball's flagship program, the junior Harmeyer had one of her best games of the season. No player on the court scored more than her 20 points, nor grabbed more than her 10 rebounds. She was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free-throw line and shot 50 percent (7-of-14) overall from the field.
Harmeyer, a 6-foot-1 forward, was instrumental in the Bruins' come-from-behind effort in what became an 84-76 near miss at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. She scored 16 of her points and pulled down eight of her rebounds in the second half to help Belmont garner a fourth-quarter lead. Five of her rebounds came on the offensive end as she notched a second consecutive double-double.
She now leads Belmont in both scoring (14.3 points per game) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) for the season.
Squaring off with nationally ranked Tennessee must have brought out the best in OVC players this week. Both weekly award recipients, Harmeyer and Adebayo, earned their recognition with games played at UT. Adebayo scored 28 against the Lady Vols in Murray State's 98-77 loss on Friday.
This is Harmeyer's second weekly honor this season. She was named OVC Player of the Week by College Sports Madness back on Nov. 26.
The Bruins (7-4) are now set to begin OVC play on Thursday when they host Jacksonville State at the Curb Event Center. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m.