Week 17: Women's Basketball Players of the Week
Co-Players of the Week: Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan and Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter share Player of the Week honors. McCowan recorded her 62nd and 63rd career double-doubles this week. She scored 25 points with 13 rebounds on her senior night against LSU while going 10-of-12 from the field. The senior dominated the paint, collecting 20 points in the lane and five offensive boards. At South Carolina with an SEC Championship on the line, she posted 18 points and 17 rebounds including a key board on a missed free throw with a three-point lead and seconds left on the clock. She then made the final free throw of the night to seal the victory. Along the way, she recorded her 126th career win along with Jazzmun Holmes which ties the MSU career victories record set by last year's senior class. Carter helped the Aggies to two wins, including a ranked win at No. 11 Kentucky. Against the Wildcats on Thursday, Carter had 24 points, including seven of the Aggies' last nine points, seven rebounds and five assists. Against Arkansas, she posted her fourth 20+ point first-half, helping the Aggies build up a 41-26 halftime lead. She made 61.1% of her shots against Arkansas, her best field-goal percentage of the SEC season, and added six rebounds and four steals to her 24 total points, her fifth consecutive 20+ point game, and 10th in the last 11 games. Carter set the Texas A&M sophomore scoring record with 584 points on the year, and now holds the A&M freshman season and sophomore season scoring mark. She set a Texas A&M record with 1,400 points in her first two seasons, passing Danielle Adams' mark of 1,386. She also passed Adams for 11th on Texas A&M's career scoring list. Carter extended her Texas A&M records with her 36th consecutive game of scoring 10+ points and her 44th career 20+ point game.
Freshman of the Week: Tennessee's Mimi Collins has played a more vital role for the team as the season has gone along, and that was on display last week. She averaged 11.5 points and 3.0 rebounds as the Lady Vols closed out the regular season slate with a split against Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. She shot 61.5 percent (8-13) from the field, 100 percent from the three-point arc (2-2) and 71.4 percent (5-7) from the free throw line. On Thursday night vs. Vanderbilt, Collins, tossed in a career-high 14 points and pulled down three rebounds off the bench in 22 minutes for only her sixth double-figure scoring game of the year. It was, however, her third double-figure contest in the past seven outings. Collins fired in a pair of three-pointers en route to going four of six from the field vs. the Commodores. She also went four of five from the free throw line. At Ole Miss on Sunday, Collins earned her first career start and tallied nine points while pulling down three rebounds and adding an assist in 25 minutes. She joined with Cheridene Green in limiting Ole Miss' interior starters to only a combined four points and three rebounds.