Player of the Week: Kentucky's Rhyne Howard tied the school record for points in a game when she scored 43 points in Kentucky's win at Alabama. Howard went 14-of-21 from the field, 7-of-11 from 3 and 8-of-13 from the free-throw line in the game with six rebounds and five assists. Her strong performance made her the first player in program history to score 25 or more points in five straight games. She is also the first player in program history to have 37 or more points in consecutive games after she had 37 against Tennessee last week. Her seven 3s tied the program record for 3s made in a game and she becomes the first player in program history to hit seven or more 3s in consecutive games. The seven 3s by Howard were part of 16 3s by Kentucky against Alabama, setting a new school record for 3s hit in a game. Her 43 points were the most ever by a UK player in an SEC game and the third most by any player in the NCAA this season. She followed that performance by leading UK in scoring against Florida with 22 points, going 8-of-14 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Howard had six rebounds in the game with her the 20+ scoring performance being her sixth straight this season.
Freshman of the Week: South Carolina's Aliyah Boston averaged a double-double for the week, including a win over a ranked opponent. She pulled down South Carolina freshman record 25 rebounds against #21/21 Arkansas, the first 20-rebound game by a Gamecock since A'ja Wilson vs. LSU on Feb. 22, 2018, and one rebound shy of the overall school record of 26. Boston was dominant from the opening tipoff against Arkansas with four points and five rebounds less than three minutes into the game. She nearly had her double-double by the end of the first quarter (8 pts, 9 rebs, 3 blks, 8 mins) to help Gamecocks take a 16-point lead after the opening 10 minutes. She scored 15 of her 19 points against Arkansas off her own offensive rebounds (10) and spearheaded rebounding effort that allowed Arkansas just eight offensive rebounds. The 25 rebounds is just one away from making the SEC top-10 single-game rebounds - a list that includes just one SEC regular-season game. She needed just 19 minutes at Vanderbilt to score in double figures, missing a double-double by just two rebounds.