Player of the Week: Redshirt junior Jordan Lewis led the Crimson Tide in two crucial Southeastern Conference wins, including a top-10 road win versus No. 9 Mississippi State on Sunday. The Tide's starting point guard averaged 16.5 points, six boards and 4.5 assists to propel Alabama to back-to-back SEC wins for the first time since 2018. On Thursday, Lewis put in 16 points on an efficient 6-of-8 shooting, while tying a season high with eight rebounds to go with six assists in the 69-62 home victory over Florida. On Sunday in Starkville, Lewis poured in 17 points, including going a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. She also added four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Tide's 66-64 buzzer beater win over the Bulldogs. Lewis' performance willed the Tide to its first win in Starkville since 2011 and its first win over a top-10 team since 2014. Lewis has led the Crimson Tide in scoring and assists all season as the Windermere, Fla., native is putting up 13.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. She is currently No. 21 on Alabama's all-time scoring list and No. 7 in career assists at UA.
Freshman of the Week: Rickea Jackson recorded one of the best performances by a freshman in Mississippi State history this week, dropping a career-high 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting to rally No. 9 Mississippi State from down 14 in the third quarter to an overtime victory against Auburn on Thursday. Jackson's 34 points were tied for the second-most ever by an MSU freshman, matching four-time All-American LaToya Thomas' performance against Louisiana (12/2/99) and marking the most since three-time All-American Victoria Vivians had 39 at Kentucky (2/12/15). It also stands as the most points scored by an SEC freshman this season, as she's the only player to eclipse the 30-point mark. Of her 15 points during the final 15 minutes of the contest, every point scored was during a one-possession game with the Tigers while nine of the points came during overtime. She also added seven rebounds and three assists in the game. The forward followed that performance up by recording 15 points, four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal against Alabama. For the week, the Detroit, Mich., native averaged 24.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. During SEC play, Jackson leads all freshmen in scoring (17.7 ppg) while ranking second in field goal percentage (.486) and fifth in rebounding (5.6 rpg). She ranks fourth, seventh and 15th, respectively, among all SEC players in those categories.