Player of the Week: Kentucky's Rhyne Howard scored a combined 65 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three blocks in UK's games vs. South Carolina and Tennessee. She started the week by setting a career high in points scored vs. an SEC opponent with 28 at South Carolina before besting that with a overall career best 37 against Tennessee, tying the program record for 3s made in a game with seven. Howard's 37 points is the most any SEC player has scored in a game this season. Howard's 37 points were the most points a UK player has ever scored in a game against Tennessee, besting A'dia Mathies' previous record of 34 points. Howard is the fifth player in program history to score 37 or more points in a game, joining Jennifer O'Neill, Valerie Still, Makayla Epps, Bebe Croley. Her 37 points is the most points by a UK player in a game since Makayla Epps scored 42 against Mississippi State on Feb. 12, 2015. Howard is the first UK player to post multiple 30+ point scoring games in the same season since Makayla Epps did it three times in 2016-17. Howard is the first UK place since Valerie Still in 1980-81 to record 25 or more points in four straight games. Against Tennessee, Howard led Kentucky in points, rebounds, steals, assists and blocks. Her strong performance has helped Kentucky score 152 total points in its first two SEC games, marking the most points UK has scored in its first two games to start league action since the 2013-14 team scored 158.
Freshman of the Week: Mississippi State's Rickea Jackson averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this week, as Mississippi State began SEC play 2-0 with wins against Florida and at Georgia. The freshman forward dropped a career-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and added seven boards and three assists against the Gators. The Detroit, Michigan, native followed that game up by posting an all-around performance on the road at Georgia with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Jackson had five points in the final 3:10 to play in the game and knocked down all three of her free throws to prevent any chances of a rally by UGA. Jackson currently leads SEC freshmen in scoring during conference play and is tied for second in rebounding. On the season, she is averaging 13.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. She has scored in double figures in five straight games and 11 times on the year.