Wandell's double-double average garners USA South Player of the Week honors

Wandell's double-double average garners USA South Player of the Week honors

Maryville College's Kelley Wandell was named USA South Player of the Week, as the senior averaged a double-double in a pair of games against LaGrange.

Wandell – a Clinton, Tenn. native – has helped the No. 12 Scots to a 10-0 record, as MC swept the previously undefeated Panthers.

She averaged 13.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in the two conference contests, while her 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 3.0 blocks per game gave her a complete weekend.

"There was no doubt that there's no way we would have won those games without her performance on the boards," Head Coach Darrin Travillian said. "The way she rebounded the ball on Thursday, it was one of the most impressive things that I've ever seen in my time here. Not only was she battling for position, but she was just determined to go get rebounds, create space and grab boards. It carried over to Saturday, and again, we needed some really big ones. She came up with some huge boards on both ends of the floor."

That game on Thursday saw Wandell  post a double-double of 13 points and a career high 18 rebounds. She had six blocks, four assists and three steals to smother the Panthers, 64-55.

Wandell had a huge first quarter in the game to keep Maryville within striking distance after the first 10 minutes, 20-19. She posted a 3-for-5 effort for six points, while adding four rebounds and a pair of blocks.

The big quarter kept the Scots within range, as MC outscored the Panthers, 17-11, in the second quarter. Maryville took a 36-31 lead to the locker room at the half, as they never looked back.

Wandell shot 5-of-8 in the game, while going 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. She added three offensive boards to her 15 defensive caroms.

In Saturday's game, aided the Scots to their 10th-straight victory, 74-63.

Wandell ranked second on the team with 13 points in the win, as she added nine rebounds to her weekend totals.

The senior had a big second quarter to help the Scots pull away again with a 21-15 second-quarter score. Wandell added six points in the quarter, going 4-for-4 at the charity stripe.

For the game, she added three assists and three steals for a complete game, as she shot 4-of-5 from the floor.

"It was a total effort," Travillian said. "I think for her, as a senior, she's looking at it that the road is kind of short until the end. She's going all out, making plays and doing whatever she can to will us to wins. It was an impressive week for her, no doubt about it."

On the season, Wandell has averaged just below a double-double with 9.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest. She's shot 56.9 percent from the floor, while adding 27 blocks in 10 contests.

Wandell will look to lead the Scots this weekend, as MC battles to win the USA South Athletic Conference West Division outright.

Maryville hosts Piedmont College for a two-game series beginning on Saturday, Feb. 27. Tipoff is slated for 6:00 p.m.