Behind a pair of standout performances against two of the Mid-South Conference’s best women’s programs, Ashton Lovely was named as the Mid-South Conference’s Player of the Week for the first time both this season and in her career on Monday afternoon.
Lovely was the Bears’ leading scorer this past week as Shawnee State won a pair of top-20 games to clinch a share of the Mid-South Conference regular season title, the third in program history. The sophomore guard from Jamestown, Ohio has spent most of the season as a bench player due to injury, after winning MSC Freshman of the Year last season.
In her second start of the season, Lovely proved to be the best player on the floor, scoring 19 points, grabbing three rebounds, dishing out three assists and getting two steals to lead Shawnee State to an 89-73 rout of the Blue Raiders, pulling Shawnee State into a first place tie with Lindsey Wilson for the conference championship.
On Saturday, the multi-positional guard would again be Shawnee State’s leading scorer, scoring 18 points off of the bench in SSU’s 72-69 win over #19 Cumberland (Tenn.). Lovely was particularly big late, getting a steal and hitting two free throws with mere seconds remaining on the clock to seal the victory for Shawnee State and clinch a share of the conference championship, along with the No. 1 seed in the Mid-South Conference Tournament.
The award is the first for Ashton Lovely both this season and in her career, and the fourth for a Shawnee State player this season. Senior center Jonessa Moore captured the other three.
Lovely and the Bears are back in action on Thursday, March 2nd when they open the Mid-South Conference Tournament against the No. 8 seed, Life. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00pm.