Adam Kline has been named the G-MAC Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week for the third time this season, and first time since he earned the honor in back-to-back weeks (Jan. 13 & 20). Kline helped put his team in position to secure the top overall season and the G-MAC regular season championship in their first season with the G-MAC.
This past week, Alderson Broaddus posted conference wins over Trevecca Nazarene and Kentucky Wesleyan. The win over KWC gave ABU the season series and broke the tie atop the conference standings. In non-conference play, the Battlers earned a win over Bluefield State.
Kline averaged 13 points and 10.7 rebounds in the three games the team played last week. In the two G-MAC contests he led the team with 12 rebounds against TNU and 10 against KWC, both were also game-highs. He scored 16 points against TNU in the victory, but was held to seven points against KWC.
His impact was big against KWC, despite only seven points scored. In the first 13 minutes of the game, AB jumped out to its largest lead of the game - 13 points - as the Battlers led 21-8. In that span, he scored all seven of his points, grabbed seven rebounds, added two blocks, and an assist. His assist came on a three-pointer, which stretched the lead to the 13 points.
Kline is 10th in scoring in the conference with 14.4 points per game, and leads the conference in rebounding with 11.1, the only player in double-figures and therefore averaging a double-double.
This past week, Kline shot an amazing 76.2 percent from the field, improving upon his conference best 67.8 percent shooting on the season. His numbers in conference play are even better, 15.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.
Jorden Lykes has been named the G-MAC Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and the second time in the last month (Feb. 3) after helping her team to a win over Kentucky Wesleyan before falling to Trevecca Nazarene.
In the weekend's first game, a double-overtime win over Kentucky Wesleyan, Lykes scored a game and career-high 31 points on 12-21 shooting. She also led the game with 15 rebounds. Trailing by two points with just seven seconds left, Lykes scored the game-tying bucket on a lay-up leaving just a second on the clock and forcing overtime. Despite not scoring in the first overtime, Lykes scored six of the team's nine points in the second overtime, securing the victory with a rebound and two free throws in the final seconds of a 99-94 win.
In the teams loss to Trevecca Nazarene, Lykes totaled a game-high 20 points on 9-18 shooting. She also added seven rebounds and an assist. Here 51 points was the most scored in conference this past week, and her 25.5 points per game also led the G-MAC over the last week.
With her big scoring week, Lykes moved her scoring average to 14.3 points a game, and is now ranked in a tie for third for scoring, 1.1 points behind the league's top scorer. She is also tied for third in rebounding with 7.5 boards a game.