Player of the Week: Auburn's Unique Thompson continued her streak of double-doubles to open the 2019-20 season, picking up her third and fourth of the season in Auburn's games at UAB and home vs. St. Joseph's. At UAB Thursday night, Thompson scored a team-high 24 points and matched a career-high with 19 rebounds; all three of her 19-rebound performances have come away from home (at UAB, at New Mexico, vs. BYU at Stanford). She followed that up with a 17-point, 12-rebound performance in Sunday's win over St. Joseph's that included a 7-for-10 night at the free-throw line, punctuated by the game-clinching free throws in the closing seconds. Going back to the end of last season, Thompson has double-doubles in five consecutive games, a feat not accomplished by an Auburn player since Le'Coe Willingham in 2004. Through Sunday, Thompson is the SEC's second-leading scorer at 19.8 points/game and leads the league in rebounding (3rd NCAA) at 13.5/game. She also leads the nation in offensive rebounds per game with 7.5 and is third in the SEC in field goal percentage (.683).
Freshman of the Week: South Carolina's Aliyah Boston was the Gamecocks top scorer for the week and tied for team-high honors in steals. She has scored in double figures in every game of her career so far and turned in her second-straight double-double and third of the season with team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds against USC Upstate, playing just 17 minutes. She scored 16 of her 18 points against USC Upstate (tied for team-high honors) in the first half in just 11 minutes on the court and scored 10 of her 13 points at Clemson in the first half in just 13 minutes. For the week she averaged 15.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg. 1.5 apg, 2.0 bpg and 2.5 spg.