Players of the Week: Barrett Meyer, Olivia Akridge

by Abby Ferguson

Two Transylvania basketball players were selected as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Players of the Week. Both first-year Barrett Meyer and junior Olivia Akridge have definitely had standout performances making them worthy of being Players of the Week.

In the game against the College of Mount St. Joseph, Meyer scored 33 points, topping his personal best of 21 points. This performance broke the record for 3-pointers in a single game.

First-year Meyer's success has allowed the men to win against tough teams.

“The Mt. St. Joseph game was a special night for me,” said Meyer. “That is the best I have shot the ball in my career. Holding a collegiate record feels great and is something I never expected to do, especially as a (first-year).”

Meyer’s contributions have helped the men win against tough opponents.

“He had a night where he was in the zone and things were going very well for him,” senior teammate Tim Tierney stated. “We are looking for him to carry this hot shooting to our closing months because him shooting the ball the way he does opens up a lot of other opportunities for us to take advantage of.”

Although the men lost 68-64 to Manchester College, Meyer still was six of nine from behind the arc, making his 3-point shooting average 81 percent for the week.

On the women’s basketball side, Olivia Akridge led the team in two straight wins and has helped them reach a top spot in the conference. Akridge led the team to a 79-71 win over Mt. St. Joseph with an impressive 22 points.

Not only did she help put points on the board from the field, but she contributed with a 16-of-17 performance from the free-throw line, as well as four assists and four rebounds.

In her junior year, Akridge has helped the women reach a top spot in the HCAC conference.

“I think the last two games…really demonstrated how our team has grown. We are finally finishing close games,” said Akridge. “They were both also really great road wins. It’s always a good sign when you can win close games on the road.”

Against Manchester College, Akridge again contributed to the win with a team-high 13 points along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. She was also four of four from the free-throw line.

“We are taking one game at a time, but if we keep growing as a team, we hope to host conference, win the tournament, and go to the national tournament,” said Akridge.

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