Player of the Week: Kentucky's Rhyne Howard had a fantastic week, tying her career high against Charlotte with 29 points before besting that number with 30 points against Samford. Against Charlotte, who entered the game 6-1 with two wins over Power 5 conference teams, Howard went 10-of-18 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line, adding seven rebounds and four steals. She followed that performance by going 11-of-19 from the field and 5-of-8 from long range against Samford with six rebounds, three assists and three steals. The guard has hit five or more 3s in seven career games, including twice this season. The strong performances were her fourth and fifth 20+ scoring games of the year becoming the first Matthew Mitchell player to post 20 or more points five times in the first nine games of a season. For the season, Howard leads Kentucky averaging 20.4 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game while she also leads UK in steals and ranks second in blocks and third in assists. Howard has led UK in scoring this season seven times, in rebounds four times and in steals five times.
Freshman of the Week: Missouri's Aijha Blackwell was instrumental in leading the Mizzou offense over the week, as she averaged 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in Mizzou's contests against Saint Louis and Kansas City. Blackwell paced the Tigers with 17 points win an 83-58 win over Saint Louis on Thursday). The Tiger freshman helped lead the charge of a strong shooting performance from Mizzou, as she shot 50.0 percent from the field (6-of-12) and from three (1-of-2), while recording a perfect 4-of-4 night from the free throw line. Blackwell stuffed the stat line against the Billikens, as she matched a career-high with six rebounds and set career highs in blocks (two) and steals (two). With 11 points against Kansas City), Blackwell scored in double figures for the third consecutive game and the fourth time in her career. Blackwell also recorded career highs in rebounds (seven) and assists (six) and matched her career high in blocks (two). After being held to just one point in her season debut, Blackwell has scored eight or more points in every game since (nine games). Blackwell ranks second on the team in assists (2.3 apg) and ranks third on the team in scoring (10.7 ppg), rebounding (4.8 rpg).