Player of the Week: Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan started her senior season with back-to-back double-doubles, averaging 18.0 ppg and 14.5 rpg. McCowan also blocked 11 shots, a total that is the most in the nation, and shot 57.1% from the field and 70.6% at the line. She now has recorded eight-straight double-doubles going back to last season and 41 for her career, fourth-most among active NCAA Division I players and first among SEC players. She started the campaign with her ninth-career game with 20-plus points and 15-plus rebounds, tallying 24 points, 17 boards and a career-high 7 blocked shots against Southeast Missouri. It was the fifth time in her last six games that she has scored 20 or more points. Her seven blocks are tied for the most in an NCAA DI game this season. McCowan capped the week by putting up 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks on the road against a Virginia team that is receiving votes after going to the NCAA Tournament last year. McCowan put up those numbers and shot 50% from the field going against 6-9 Felicia Aiyeotan, a 2018 ACC All-Defensive Team selection. For the week, McCowan passed 1,300 career points and moved into 12th on MSU's all-time scoring list.
Freshman of the Week: Kentucky's Rhyne Howard scored 15 points to start the week vs. Alabama State, adding six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals. Her 15 points were the fifth most in a player's varsity debut in program history. Followed with a breakout game vs. Southern with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 7-of-11 from long range. Her seven 3-pointers in the game tied the program record for most 3s in a game which is also held by Sara Potts, who did it twice in her career (vs. High Point in 2004 and vs. Chattanooga in 2005). Howard is the first freshman to hit seven 3s in a game. The native of Cleveland, Tenn., is the first UK freshman to score 25 or more points in a game since Alexis Jennings scored 27 vs. Tennessee State in December of 2014. Her 29 points were the second most points scored by a UK freshman in a single game in the Matthew Mitchell era. A'dia Mathies scored 32 points vs. Liberty on Mar. 20, 2010. Her strong play has led Kentucky to a 2-0 start as the Wildcats won consecutive games by 50 or more points for the first time in program history.