BRENTWOOD, TENN. — Eastern Illinois guard Julia Bengtson was named the OVC Freshman of the Week for the week of November 22-28. Bengtson was an absolute force off the bench for the Panthers this past week, as the native of Becker, Minn. averaged 12.3 points per game on 20-of-33 (60.6%) shooting from the field, including 7-of-12 (58.3%) shooting from three-point range. She also averaged 1.8 steals per game for the week.
Bengtson has displayed her sharpshooting prowess early and often this season, as her 53.3 overall shooting percentage and her 42.9 three-point shooting percentage both lead the team. Her 8.4 points per game ranks fifth on the team overall and ranks first among the EIU freshmen, a class that has made no shortage of contributions to the team so far this season. Her eight steals on the season tie her for fourth on the team and have contributed to an EIU team which ranks fourth in the nation with 93 steals so far this season. Bengtson’s presence this season has given the Panthers a dynamic option off the bench, something that the team was sorely lacking at times a season ago. She and the rest of the freshmen class have given Panther fans high hopes for the future of this program.
EIU heads to Macomb, Ill. this weekend for the Compass Tournament. Their first game will be against Southern Illinois on Friday, December 3. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 pm.
OVC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK – November 30
Katelyn Young, F • So, 6-1 • Oakwood, Ill. • Murray State
Young averaged a double-double with 24.0 points and 11.5 rebounds each time out last week. She shot 80.8 percent from the floor over the Racers two wins. Against Mississippi Valley, she had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Young followed that up with 25 points and 12 boards versus Alabama A&M. She was 11-for-15 from the floor against Mississippi Valley, while going almost perfect versus Alabama A&M at 10-for-11.
Others Nominated: Yamia Johnson, Austin Peay; Detinee Wells, Belmont; Julia Bengtson, Eastern Illinois; Terri Smith, Morehead State; Roshala Scott, Southeast Missouri; Jaida Hampton, SIUE; Tatyana Davis, Tennessee State; Jada Guinn, Tennessee Tech
Jaida Hampton, F • R-Jr. 5-10 • Lansing, Mich. • SIUE
Hampton came off the bench to score 16 points at Butler and 14 versus Purdue Fort Wayne. She averaged 19 minutes per game this week and went a perfect 5-for-5 from the line
Others Nominated: Jada Claude, Morehead State; Tatyana Davis, Tennessee State
Julia Bengtson, G • Fr., 5-8 • Becker, Minn. • Eastern Illinois
Bengston came off the bench to record 12.3 points per game. Against Oakland City, she had 13 points. Bengston had 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting with three steals at Hawaii. In the game with Utah, she had a season-best 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go with four rebounds and two steals.
Others Nominated: Shymaryia Christopher, Southeast Missouri