Player of the Week: Georgia's Gabby Connally posted a trio of double-figure scoring games to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a perfect 3-0 record this week. The San Antonio native led Georgia in scoring in two of the three games, including 22 points against Virginia Tech on Saturday. She has now scored in double figures in seven of her team's eight games and leads Georgia in both assists (37) and steals (17) this season. During two wins against a pair of teams (Butler and Virginia Tech) that won 20 games and reached postseason play last year, Connally hit nearly 55 percent of her shots, nailed four 3-pointers, and was a perfect 9-for-9 at the free-throw line at the Daytona Beach Invitational. The Lady Bulldogs handed Butler just its second loss of the season thanks to Connally's strong overall performance of 15 points, four assists and two steals. She turned around the next day and led her team past Virginia Tech, giving the Hokies their first loss of the 2019-20 campaign. Fifteen of Connally's team-high 22 points came in the second half. In a tight game, Connally extended Georgia's lead in the fourth quarter to 58-51 with a 3-point basket. She then knocked in four free-throws in the final two minutes of action to seal the game and give Georgia its third consecutive win. Connally currently leads the SEC in total minutes played, is second in total assists and third in total free-throw percentage for the season.
Freshman of the Week: South Carolina's Aliyah Boston was named MVP of the Paradise Jam Reef Division after performing as the team's top rebounder and most efficient scorer in the tournament. She continued her streak of scoring in double figures every game this season and posted her fourth double-double of the season and first career 20-point game against #2/2 Baylor, with 10 of her 20 points and six of her 13 rebounds coming in the fourth quarter, including six of those points in the final three minutes to win the game. She scored on four of her five offensive rebounds against Washington State for eight of her 15 points and posted eight of her 10 points against #17/23 Indiana in the first half, despite playing just nine of the half's 20 minutes due to foul trouble.