Varney earns second TSWA Player of the Week mention with 22.0 points, 8.3 boards

Varney earns second TSWA Player of the Week mention with 22.0 points, 8.3 boards

Maryville College's Klaire Varney picked up her second Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week mention this season, as the sophomore averaged nearly a double-double in a 2-1 week for the Scots.

Varney – a Crossville, Tenn. native – led Maryville to a 2-0 week in USA South play. She helped the Scots to avenge an earlier loss to Huntingdon College on Sunday, while averaging 22.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.7 steals.

"She's putting up numbers in every single category," Head Coach Darrin Travillian said. "She has 20-plus points per game, and then she's grabbing seven or eight rebounds with three, four, five steals with five assists. She's just all over the floor on both ends. It's definitely making us go right now."

Varney added a pair of double-doubles and a pair of 20-point outings on the week.

The sophomore wing had a double-double of 15 points and 12 boards in a non-conference loss to Emory University on Jan. 1, as she shot better than 33 percent from both the floor and the 3-point line. She added an assist and a pair of steals in the game.

However, as the Scots entered USA South play, Varney crossed the 20-point plateau on a pair of occasions.

Maryville played the first two in a string of 13 consecutive conference contests this past weekend, as Travillian said it's good to see her stepping up.

"They're all big games, but this next couple weeks, we've got a lot of big games coming up at one time," the head coach said. "You need your best players to play their best in those types of games. She's that type of player for us."

In a 77-48 win over Agnes Scott College, Varney posted 26 points on a 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) shooting performance. The Cumberland County High product shot 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, while collecting four assists, three rebounds and a steal in just 26 minutes of play.

Finally, the sophomore helped the Scots avenge their loss to Huntingdon College in the squad's USA South opener with a 69-60 win on Sunday. Varney added a double-double of 25 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and five assists. She also went 10-of-10 at the free-throw line.

The 5-foot-8 guard has led the Scots to a 4-1 mark in conference play, as they currently rank third in the USA South Western Division Standings.

In league challenges, Varney has averaged 22.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 4.8 assists per game while throwing in a trio of blocks.

"It's pretty amazing," Travillian said of Varney's role this season. "We knew last year, second semester, that she was going to have to catch up on the run. That's a lot to ask of any player, and she was still making contributions as a back-up point guard role last year. This year, we moved her out of the wing. That's one of the things we talked in her postseason meeting last year was having a larger role and what role she envisioned for herself. She said, 'I'd like to find my way into the starting lineup.' I said, 'Well, I'd like to see you become one of our best players.' I think you've seen her take that mantle and run with it."

Varney is shooting 44.3 percent on the season, while clicking at a 32.0 percent rate from beyond the arc. She's averaging 17.9 points per contests over the 2018-19 campaign, while tossing in 6.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.6 steals per game.

Maryville College and Varney will look to continue their winning ways within USA South play tonight, as they travel to Demorest, Ga. to take on Piedmont College. The Lions – sitting at 6-0 in conference – and the Scots will tip-off at 6 p.m.