Co-Players of the Week: Kentucky's Rhyne Howard became the second-fastest Wildcat in program history to score 1,000 points as she surpassed the milestone in Kentucky's win over No. 6 Mississippi State on Sunday. She scored a game-high 26 points against the highly ranked Bulldogs adding 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. The double-double was her fifth of the season while the 20-point performance was her 15th of the year. She has now scored 20 or more points in 10 of her last 11 games while she has led UK in scoring 16 times this year and in rebounding 10 times this year. Her strong performance vs. Mississippi State helped Kentucky earn its first win over a top-10 team since defeating top-five ranked Mississippi State back in 2017. Her defense was also key in the win as the Wildcats limited Mississippi State to a season-low tying 62 points including a season-low 9 points in the first quarter.
Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter put up 18 points in just 21 minutes of action in her return to against Vanderbilt, after missing seven games due to an ankle injury. Helped the Aggies go 2-0 on the week and earn their second victory of the season over a ranked opponent as she scored a season high 37 points at No. 25 Tennessee. Started the game with a steal and score on the first possession against Tennessee and helped A&M earn a lead in the second quarter it would never give up. Carter is the all-time leader at A&M in 30-point games as she recorded the 12th of her career, while extending her double-digit to 57 games last week.
Freshman of the Week: Florida's Lavender Briggs, the league's top scoring freshman, led UF to a 2-0 week with averages of 20.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Briggs began the week by tying her career high with 23 points vs. Ole Miss, tying an SEC high with 11 made free throws. Briggs' play was crucial down the stretch as she hit the game-winning free throws and notched the game-sealing steal on the ensuing possession. The Utah native followed that up with a team-best 18 points and helped fueled Florida to its first-ever win at Missouri. Briggs broke into Florida's top 10 freshmen scoring list as she now as 344 points with at least five games remaining for the Gators. Scoring in double figures for the 19th and 20th times this season, Briggs led the team in scoring and minutes played for the week.