Ballinger named Mid-South Conference women's player of week

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By Sharon Graves

Whitney Ballinger is flying high with the Campbellsville University Lady Tigers, since being named the Mid-South Conference Women’s Basketball player of the week.

The 2006 graduate of Carroll County High School and former Lady Panther received the honor last week after averaging 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and three assists in three Campbellsville wins last week, according to the university’s Web site.

Ballinger spent the holiday weekend at home in Carrollton with her parents, Gerald and Elaine.

“We’re getting a good little break, and I’m thankful to be home,” she said. “We don’t have another game for a week and a half.”

Ballinger started college playing basketball for Western Kentucky University’s Lady Hilltoppers in Bowling Green, Ky. She transferred from the larger state-supported school to Campbellsville, a private college in south-central Kentucky, at the end of the 2007-08 school year. She received a full athletic scholarship at Campbellsburg, similar to the one she received from WKU.

Gerald Ballinger said his daughter is much happier in a smaller school environment. Campbellsville has an enrollment of 2,901 students, compared with WKU’s enrollment of 19,761 students.

“I love Campbellsville,” Whitney said, who hasn’t yet declared a major. “It’s been a lot more fun. I have a great coach and teammates. I’m getting to play more often, and I’m just enjoying the game.”

Ginger Colvin, head coach of the Lady Tigers, said it probably won’t surprise anyone in Carollton that Ballinger is a great player.

“She’s doing a super job for us, and we couldn’t be happier with her,” Colvin said Monday. “She adds a lot inside, being 6-foot-3, and she’s so hard to guard. She is so unselfish, sometimes we wish she would be more selfish. She also has a great knowledge of the game.”

Campbellsville is 6-1 on the season, with Ballinger leading the Lady Tigers in scoring (14.1 points average) and rebounds (7.4 average) per game this season. She is ranked eighth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in blocks, averaging 2.3 per game, the university’s Web site said.

On Nov. 18, the Lady Tigers beat Brescia, Ky., University, 85-75. In that game, Ballinger pulled down seven rebounds and contributed 11 points.

On Nov. 21-22, the weekend before Thanksgiving break, the Lady Tigers brought home two more wins in the Bethel Classic at Bethel College in Tennessee. They were the only team to win the two games they played.  

In the first game, against William Carey College of Mississippi, the Lady Tigers took the win 65-47, with Ballinger scoring 21 points and hauling in 11 rebounds. In the second game, against Bethel, the host, the Campbellsville team won 78-75. Ballinger logged five rebounds and 14 points in that game.