Player of the Week: Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan
McCowan had a tremendous week once again for Mississippi State, averaging 33.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and shooting 79.5 percent from the field as the Bulldogs improved to 15-0 overall, the third-best start in program history, and won its SEC opener for the fourth-straight year, the first time the Bulldogs have ever done so. McCowan opened the week with 41 points, eighth-most in school history, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks as MSU defeated Mississippi Valley State to wrap a perfect non-conference slate for the third time in four years and the fourth time overall. In addition to becoming the 12th State player to hit 40 points, McCowan also made 19 field goals, the second-most in program history. She capped the week by knocking down 80 percent of her shots for 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Bulldogs opened SEC play with their first win at Georgia since 2002. Her tally helped State to 86 points, the most allowed by Georgia in a game since 2006. Against UGA, McCowan nearly had a double-double in the first quarter, scoring 9 of State's first 16 points and grabbing 9 boards. She had her 11th double-double of the season, including 7th in a row, by halftime as she had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Against MVSU, she had 25 points and 9 rebounds in the first half.
Freshman of the Week: Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter
Carter scored the fourth-most points by a Texas A&M player with 36 at No. 4 South Carolina, as the Aggies came up short in a 61-59 thriller. Her 36 points are the second-most by a freshman in Texas A&M history, trailing just her 46-point effort at Southern California on Dec. 15. Her 36 points are also the second-most by a Division I freshman this year, trailing her own 46-point performance at Southern California. It is also the most points scored by a Texas A&M player of any classification in an SEC game. She posted her third 30+ point game of the season, becoming the fifth Texas A&M player to have 3-or-more 30+ point games in a career. Her 36 points against South Carolina are the most by a Texas A&M player against a ranked team. It is also the second-most points for a Texas A&M player in a true road game, trailing her own 46-point performance at Southern California. Her 37 shot attempts are the most for a Division I player in 2017-18. She posted a 40.5% mark from the field and a 44.4% clip from beyond the arc. She also scored 28 points with seven assists and no turnovers at SMU, helping the Aggies to a 79-57 win. She matched her season high with four 3-pointers in each of the two games. She leads all Division I freshman in scoring, and ranks second among all players in the SEC. On the week, Carter averaged 32 ppg, 3 rpg, 5.5 apg and 2 pg.