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Week 9: Women's Basketball Players of the Week

9 days ago
SEC Staff
Photo: Todd Van Emst

Co-Players of the Week: Mississippi State's Jordan Danberry and Georgia's Gabby Connally have earned honors this week.

Danberry returned to her home state and posted a career-high 26 points at Arkansas. The senior made a career-best 11 field goals and was just a rebound shy of her first career double-double. Danberry followed that performance with her 10th consecutive double-figure scoring game, tallying 17 against Kentucky while adding five assists. She averaged 21.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists over two conference games this week.

Connally led the Bulldogs to their first 2-0 start in SEC play since the 2010-11 season with her seventh double figure scoring game over the last eight contests. She scored a season-high 29 points, knocking in a career-best five 3-pointers, to lead the Lady Bulldogs past Vanderbilt on the road this past Sunday. She shot over 50 percent from the field, 73 percent from 3-point range and a perfect 100 percent from the free-throw line in two wins last week. Her points spree against Vanderbilt followed a solid 13-point, 7-rebound effort in a win against LSU on Thursday. She knocked in 3-for-4 from 3-point range, including one in the third quarter, to put Georgia up by 10 against the Tigers.

Freshman of the Week: Kentucky's Rhyne Howard started conference play with 16 points, seven assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block against Vanderbilt before scoring 15 points with six steals, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks at highly ranked Mississippi State. The seven assists vs. Vanderbilt were a career high for Howard, who led UK in assists in both games. The 15-point performances marked the 11th and 12th time this season she has scored 15 or more points in a game. She has posted six or more steals in three games this season and has hit at least one 3-pointer in 14 of the team's 16 games, including two or more in 12 games. Her strong performance against Vanderbilt helped Kentucky Head Coach Matthew Mitchell earn his 300th career win.