NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After making Ohio Valley Conference history last week, Belmont women's basketball senior Darby Maggard has been named OVC Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.
Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) averaged 24.0 points in two wins last week, including a whopping 34 points against Tennessee Tech, the most by an OVC player this season. Her five 3-pointers in that game were part of a 7-of-14 effort from behind the 3-point line for the week, which pushed her beyond the OVC's career record for made 3-pointers. Maggard now has a league record 398 made threes for her career.
She needs just two more to become only the fifth player in NCAA Division I women's basketball to reach 400.
Maggard's 34 points marked a career high for the four-year Bruin starter who is approaching 1,900 points in her illustrious career. Just as important, the performance also guided Belmont to a 12th straight victory and avenged a loss to Tech from earlier in the season. The red-hot Bruins now lead the OVC by three games with only four to play in the regular season.
The 5-foot-5 guard was just as instrumental in Belmont's recent win at Tennessee State, though much of her efforts came in a distributive role. She handed out seven assists to go with 14 points of offense. Maggard dished out 10 assists across the week while committing just one turnover, a sign of a sure-handed point guard.
She was also a perfect 9-of-9 shooting free throws during the week. She has made 16 straight free throws since her only miss of the season, which broke another OVC record of 48 consecutive makes from the line. Maggard is 44-of-45 on freebies this season overall.
The weekly award marks Maggard's first from the OVC this season and the second of her career, though she was selected as OVC Player of the Week by College Sports Madness once back in November. Junior teammate Ellie Harmeyer (Kenosha, Wis.) was this week's College Sports Madness pick for top OVC player.
Belmont has drawn OVC Player of the Week honors five times this season with Harmeyer winning three times and Jenny Roy (Brentwood, Tenn.) winning once.