Troy’s Beverly Kelley Named Sun Belt Student-Athlete of the Week
TROY, Alabama - Troy women's basketball senior Ashley Beverly Kelley has been named the Sun Belt Student-Athlete of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Beverly Kelley helped Troy push its winning streak to five games with a pair of easy wins, and also broke a school record along the way. The senior scored 24 points in an 88-71 win over UT Arlington, and then scored 22 in Troy’s 112-79 blowout of Texas State.
With at least 20 points in each of her last five games, Beverly Kelley’s career scoring total is up to 1,621 points, the most by any player in Troy’s 23-year Division I history. The Adamsville, Ala., native is now third all-time in career points at Troy and is just over 100 points from entering the Sun Belt’s top 25 for career scoring.
In addition to the scoring 23.5 points per game, Beverly Kelley also averaged 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in last week’s two games. She grabbed 12 rebounds in the win over UT Arlington for her first double-double of the season, the sixth of her career. On the week, Beverly Kelley shot 64.3 percent (18-of-28) from the field, 3-of-6 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 at the free throw line.
She continues to lead the Sun Belt in scoring in all games (20.3 ppg) and in Sun Belt games (23.2 ppg) and leads a Troy offense that at 87.1 points per game ranks second in the NCAA, behind only UConn.
The student-athlete of the week award is the third of Beverly Kelley’s career, and her second in the last three weeks. Her three career Sun Belt awards tie her with Joanna Harden for the most by a Trojan, while she also joins Harden and Ronita Garrett as the only Trojans to win the award multiple times in a single season.
Beverly Kelley and the Trojans will look for their sixth straight win on Thursday when they travel to ULM for a 5:15 p.m. contest at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.