Hollingsworth named Conference USA freshman of the week for second time

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Western Kentucky's Taveion Hollingsworth earned his second Conference USA freshman of the week honor, announced Monday by the league office.

Hollingsworth also won the award Dec. 18. It’s the fourth weekly award of the season for WKU as Hollingsworth joins senior Darius Thompson’s player of the week nod in January and Jake Ohmer’s freshman honor in November.

Hollingsworth averaged 14 points per game last week in WKU’s home wins over Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound guard from Lexington was competing in a face mask for the first time after suffering a broken nose the week before at Texas San Antonio. He scored 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting Thursday against FAU. He then followed that performance with eight points Saturday against FIU.

Hollingsworth made 11 of 21 (52.4 percent) shots from the field during the week, grabbed 4.5 rebounds per outing and averaged 36 minutes per game.

He’s started all 25 games this season, averaging 13.2 points while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 43.7 percent from 3-point range.

Hollingsworth is ranked fifth in WKU history for minutes played by a freshman with 857 as well as seventh in points scored by a freshman with 329.