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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Make it two in a row for Ellie Harmeyer.
The Belmont women's basketball junior forward has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday morning, the second straight week in which Harmeyer has been honored by the OVC. She shared the honor this week with Austin Peay's Keisha Gregory.
A Kenosha, Wis., native, Harmeyer was a force for the Bruins in a pair of conference matchups last week. Behind Harmeyer's 23 points and 11 rebounds, the Bruins extended their OVC winning streak to 47 games with a win over Jacksonville State on Thursday. She added 22 points and nine rebounds later in the week against Tennessee Tech.
Overall, Harmeyer averaged 22.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals with a block in the two games. She shot a combined 50 percent (16-of-32) from the field and 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range while hitting 90 percent (9-of-10) of her free throws.
A Kenosha, Wis., native, Harmeyer has enjoyed the most successful stretch of her collegiate career the past few weeks. She was named player of the week by both the OVC and Tennessee Sports Writers Association last week after helping the Bruins give nationally ranked Tennessee a scare on the road.
In the past four games overall, Harmeyer has averaged 20.5 points and 10.0 rebounds with three double-doubles. She has now scored 20 points in each of the past three games; Harmeyer had only three such outings prior to this stretch.
For the season, Harmeyer is averaging 15.5 points and 8.2 rebounds on 46.0 percent shooting. She ranks fifth in all three categories among conference players. Her free-throw percentage of 80.4 is good for sixth.
This is Belmont's third consecutive OVC Player of the Week award overall. Senior Jenny Roy was honored by the league the week of Christmas.
Harmeyer and the Bruins are back in action this Thursday when they host Morehead State at the Curb Event Center. The game tips off at 4 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.