Player of the Week: Tennessee's Rennia Davis ran her streak of scoring in double figures to 18 consecutive games, averaging 23.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals last week in No. 22/23 UT's split with #3/5 UConn and LSU. Davis finished 16 of 27 from the field for 59.3 percent accuracy. She was four of nine from three-point range (44.4) and went 10 of 11 from the free throw line (90.9). She closed the week for the Lady Vols with her second 30-point game of the season, firing in 30 and pulling down eight rebounds in a key conference victory over LSU. The win enabled the Big Orange to remain in a tie for second place in the league standings. Davis connected on nine of 13 shots from the field (.692), including two of five from long range, and knocked down all 10 free throw attempts to tie for the fourth-best 100-percent performance in Lady Vol history. Her effort was the 11th 20+ scoring effort of her career, tying her for 11th all-time at UT as a junior. In the LSU game, Davis scored 19 first-half points to help Tennessee rally from seven down to take a four-point lead at the break. She added nine more in the third, as UT built a nine-point lead against the Tigers. Davis added a team-high eight rebounds and four steals in the victorious effort, which was UT's fifth straight victory in league play and improved the Lady Vols to 11-1 at home this season. Against UConn earlier in the week, Davis hit 50 percent of her field goals (7-14), including a 2-of-4 effort from long range, to finish with 16 points and eight rebounds against the Huskies in Hartford in a game UT led at the half.
Freshman of the Week: Mississippi State's Aliyah Matharu had a strong week, recording a pair of double-digit scoring efforts and helping the Bulldogs go 2-0. After suffering its first loss in SEC play, State found itself on the road at Vanderbilt just three days later and facing a two-possession deficit entering the fourth quarter. Playing all 10 minutes of the final frame, Matharu scored 11 of MSU's 22 points to fuel the offense and recorded three steals to spearhead a zone defense by State that held the Commodores to just two points in the period. For the game, the Washington, D.C., native finished with 14 points, four rebounds and a career-high four steals. The freshman guard followed that performance up by posting her seventh double-digit scoring effort of the year and third in a row with 11 points behind three 3-pointers against Ole Miss. For the week, Matharu averaged 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game off the bench for Mississippi State.