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West Liberty’s Olivia Belknap, Wheeling’s Emmarie Foote, Brian Vandusen Honored by MEC

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — After leading the resurgent West Liberty University women’s basketball team to a pair of crucial Mountain East Conference wins, Olivia Belknap was honored on Monday with an MEC Player of the Week Award.

The 5-foot-7 senior guard from Dover, Ohio lit up the scoreboard for the Hilltoppers in back-to-back games, averaging 31.0 ppg. and nine rpg. for the week as WLU won for the fifth times in its last six outings.

Belknap got things started with a game-high 22 points in an 84-74 win against Alderson Broaddus on Wednesday. The four-year standout went 13 of 14 from the charity stripe on the night, coming up just one free throw shy of tying the all-time program record.

Belknap took it to the next level on Saturday when she turned in a career game to key the Hilltoppers’ 90-62 blowout win at Frostburg State. She poured in 26 of her career-high 40 points in the second half and also chalked up career highs of 12 rebounds and six 3-point field goals in an all-around performance.

The West Liberty women close out their home schedule on Wednesday when they host Fairmont State in an MEC North Division showdown. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. inside the ASRC.

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WHEELING — Wheeling University seniors Emmarie Foote and Brian Vandusen were named the Mountain East Conference Women’s & Men’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week announced the league office Monday afternoon.

At the Hillsdale Tune-up this past weekend, Foote placed third overall with a time of 7.91 seconds in the 60-meter dash and also added a second overall placing in the 200-meter dash at 25.87 seconds.

Vandusan won the long jump at the Hillsdale Tune-Up. The Ringgold alum won the event with a mark of 6.79 meters (22 feet, 3.5 inches).

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