Camidge, Jenkins sweep LSC Player of Week honors

Courtesy Tarleton Athletic Communications

Special to The Flash

STEPHENVILLE (December 5, 2016) – After No. 16 Tarleton swept its two Lone Star Conference games last week, the Texans swept the LSC Player of the Week awards.

Ridell Camidge was named the LSC Offensive Player of the Week, while Romond Jenkins was named the LSC Defensive Player of the Week. It’s the first career LSC weekly award for both players.

Camidge averaged 17 points on the week and both of his performances helped Tarleton (6-1) defeat previous one-loss conference teams in Midwestern State and Cameron. In the win over MSU, Camidge hit big shot after big shot for the Texans. Camidge led the comeback in erasing a 9-point second-half deficit by going on a 7-0 run by himself – including a 4-point play that gave the Texans the lead for good with nine minutes to go. He had 15 points on 4-10 shooting from behind the arc and four rebounds and four assists. Against Cameron, Camidge scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the first half while draining a career-best five 3-pointers and grabbing a career-high eight rebounds. For the week, the junior from North Carolina shot 44 percent from the floor, connected on 47 percent on 3-pointers (9-19), shot 83 percent from the free-throw line, and averaged six rebounds and 3.5 assists.

Jenkins posted a pair of double-doubles in Tarleton’s wins over Midwestern State and Cameron. In the win over MSU, Jenkins, who finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds, scored eight of his 12 points in a 3:30 span in the second half and it allowed Tarleton to build a 58-52 lead. He also grabbed seven of his 13 rebounds in the final seven minutes of the game to keep possession in Tarleton’s hands. Jenkins’ biggest contribution, however, might have been what he was able to limit MSU to offensively. The Mustangs shot a season-worst 27 percent while scoring a season-low 56 points and also held Igor Ibaka, the reigning LSC Defensive Player of the Week who came in averaging 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds, to zero points and six rebounds as he battled foul trouble against Jenkins all game. He also blocked three shots against the Mustangs. Against Cameron, Jenkins scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked a career-high four shots. The senior limited the Aggies to season lows in points (60) and field goal percentage (32.3). For the week, the senior from Midwest City, Oklahoma averaged 12 points, 12 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2 assists while shooting 60 percent from the floor. When Jenkins was on the floor for 61 minutes in the two games, Tarleton outscored opponents by 19 points. Tarleton improved to 4-0 in games that Jenkins has a double-double.

Tarleton is set to make its first road trip of the season as the Texans travel to Western New Mexico on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Eastern New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 10.



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