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Masked Man Hollingsworth Named C-USA Freshman of the Week

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After a successful week playing with a face mask for the first time, WKU’s Taveion Hollingsworth earned his second Conference USA Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week honor, as announced Monday by the league office.

Hollingsworth also won the award on Dec. 18. It’s the fourth weekly award of the season for WKU, joining 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 across WKU’s home wins over Florida Atlantic and FIU.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound guard from Lexington, Ky., was competing in a face mask for the first time after suffering a broken nose the week before at UTSA.

The mask didn’t seem to faze Hollingsworth, who scored 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting Thursday against FAU – even more impressive considering the mask didn’t arrive until midway through practice Wednesday afternoon. 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 varsity freshman with 857, as well as seventh in points scored by a varsity freshman with 329.

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