BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University junior women’s basketball player Shameekia “Polly” Murray has been voted second team All-Ohio Valley Conference, the league office announced on Tuesday.
The transfer from South Georgia Technical College was also voted to the five-person OVC All-Newcomer Team.
Murray exploded onto the scene in her first season at EKU, averaging 14.0 points-per-game and 4.4 rebounds-per-game. She also shot 46.4 percent (148-of-319) from the field and led the team with 44 steals.
The guard from Claxton, Georgia especially excelled during the OVC season, leading EKU and ranking seventh in the league at 16.1 points-per-game during conference play. She scored 14 points or more in 13 of the Colonels’ 16 OVC games this season. She scored a career-high 22 points twice during the season, once in a loss to Austin Peay on January 3 and once in a win over in-state rival Morehead State on February 21. Her best overall performance, however, came in a win at Murray State on January 22 when she posted a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Murray also keyed EKU’s defense during conference play, ranking fourth in the OVC at 2.0 steals-per-game.
Murray joined the Colonels after transferring from South Georgia Technical College, where she earned National Junior College Athletic Association Division I second team All-American honors last season.
She joins Tennessee State’s Chelsea Hudson, Jacksonville State’s Destany McLin and Candace Morton, Murray State’s Ke’Shunan James, SIUE’s Tierny Austin and Tennessee Tech’s Samaria Howard on the second team All-OVC.
Murray, James, Howard, SIUE’s Shronda Butts and UT Martin’s Jessy Ward comprise the OVC All-Newcomer Team.
UT Martin’s Kevin McMillan was selected as the OVC Coach of the Year, while UT Martin’s Ashia Jones was voted OVC Player of the Year and Austin Peay’s Tiasha Gray was voted OVC Defensive Player of the Year.