Player of the Week: Missouri's Sophie Cunningham
Cunningham averaged 23.5 points in two wins last week. She exploded for 29 points against Kentucky, her most in an SEC game this season. She shot 80 percent from the field and drained five triples (also an SEC-high). Cunningham now has 11 20-point games this season, including six during league play and five in the last eight games. She has 31 career 20-point performances. Cunningham has also scored 25+ in a game six times during the current campaign. She added five assists vs. Kentucky, her most since dishing seven vs. South Carolina on Jan. 7. Cunningham followed with 18 points in 30 minutes at Arkansas, making 4-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc. She shot 9-of-12 from long range last week and now leads the SEC in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 47.4 percent. She also ranks second in the league in free throw percentage, making 84.7 percent of her attempts at the line, after hitting 10-of-12 free throws last week. Cunningham is the only player in the nation shooting at least 84 percent from the free throw line, 47 percent from 3-point range AND 55 percent from the field.
Freshman of the Week: Tennessee's Rennia Davis
Tennessee's Rennia Davis enjoyed the finest week of a standout rookie campaign, averaging 22.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists as the #11/11 Lady Vols went 2-0 last week and moved into a tie for second place in the SEC standings. Davis stepped up her game, shooting .708 from the field (17-of-24), including .667 (.4-of-6) on three-pointers, as UT won at Arkansas (90-85) and rolled by #18/18 Georgia (62-46) in a key league showdown on Sunday to improve to 21-4 overall and 9-3 in SEC action. With Arkansas focusing its defensive efforts on seniors Mercedes Russell and Jaime Nared, Tennessee needed other players to emerge and fill the scoring void. Davis answered the call in a big way, knocking down 13 of 18 attempts from the field, including three of four shots from long range, to finish with a career-high 33 points. That point total was the third-highest ever recorded by a Lady Vol freshman, standing behind only the 35 by Tamika Catchings in 1998 and the 34 of Candace Parker in 2006. To make her effort even more impressive, Davis pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds to tally her fifth double-double of the season, a mark that ties for eighth-best all-time by a UT rookie. She added four assists as well. On Sunday against Georgia, her effort was no less important, as she efficiently hit four of six shots from the field en route to 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists in UT's 14th straight win at home over the Lady Bulldogs. For the season, Davis is averaging 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, starting all 25 games for a Big Orange squad that has returned to the proficiency it displayed during the first three years of the Holly Warlick era.