Vining Named GSC Player of the Week

Arkansas Tech guard Jenny Vining has been named Gulf South Conference West Division women’s basketball player of the week for the second time this season.

This one could not have been a very tough choice for the GSC office in Hoover, Ala. Vining made it easy by averaging 29.6 points per game during the five games that the Golden Suns played over the holiday break.

This week’s GSC weekly honors took into account all of the games played in the conference from Dec. 17-Jan.¬†5 because of the holidays.

Vining, a junior from Marshall, shot 57 percent from the field (58-of-97) and 52 percent (31-of-60) from 3-point range during her five-game scoring spree.

Included in that string was a career-high 41-point effort against Alabama-Huntsville on Dec. 21.

It marked the first time since 1990 that a Golden Sun had scored 40 or more points in a game, and Vining joined Donna Brunson and Lanell Dawson as the only Tech women’s players to ever top the 40-point mark in a game.

Vining broke the school record for 3-pointers made in a game when she connected on nine tries from beyond the arc against North Alabama on Dec. 19.

For the season, Vining leads the GSC in scoring at 20.8 points per game and in 3-point field goals made with 4.31 per game.

She ranks ninth in the GSC in field goal percentage (.513), third in assists (4.85 per game), fifth in steals (2.31 per game) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (.475).

The nationally 16th-ranked Golden Suns (13-0) will host Southern Arkansas in the Gulf South Conference opener for both teams on Saturday. Tip-off at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville is set for 4 p.m.