Player of the Week: A'ja Wilson, South Carolina
Wilson needed just 14 minutes against Alabama State to record her double-double and block three shots. She had a career-high 32 points at #15/13 Maryland to give her 32 career double-doubles. Wilson handed out three assists in the first quarter, helping teammates get into the flow of the game and was aggressive offensively when team needed her, twice converting free throws in the second quarter to stop Maryland momentum. Five of her six first-half rebounds were on the offensive end to help Gamecocks build 51-36 halftime lead. She added eight third-quarter points in just seven minutes and blocked a shot with 2:04 remaining to preserve seven-point lead. She shot 15-of-28 (.536) and went 18-of-24 (.750) from the ling. She averaged 24.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 3.0 apg and 3.5 bpg on the week.
Freshman of the Week: Promise Taylor, Ole Miss
Taylor scored in double digits in first two games of her collegiate career. She shot .833 in first career start vs. Northwestern State, going 5-of-6 from the field with 13 points and then shot an equally-high clip in her second career start vs. Kennesaw State, scoring a career-high 19 points on 9-of-11 (.818) shooting from the field. Taylor recorded seven blocks in first two games, which ranks tied for second in the SEC at 3.5/game. Her season FG percentage of .824 ranks third in the SEC. Her five blocks vs. Kennesaw State are the most since Taylor Manuel blocked five shots against Mississippi Valley State last season. She shot 14-of-17 (.824) and went 4-of-7 (.571) from the line. She averaged 16.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.5 apg and 3.5 bpg on the week.