Another very memorable women's basketball season in the SEC included a number of huge games from a plethora of special players. Here is a list of the Top 5 individual performances for women's basketball in the 2019-20 season.
Tennessee junior Rennia Davis had the hot hand in an early-season nonconference win over Notre Dame, hitting five of nine 3-point attempts en route to a season-high 33 points that tied her career high. Davis also grabbed 10 rebounds, becoming the first Vol since Candace Parker to register at least 30 points and 10 rebounds against a ranked opponent -- when Parker also did it against Notre Dame in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2008. Parker was a three-time All-SEC selection at Tennessee from 2005-08. Davis, a 6-2 forward, was named first team All-SEC for the first time in 2018-19. "Davis just was way too much for us to handle today," Notre Dame Coach Muffett McGraw told 247sports.com after the game. "She is a terrific player."
In her first start after missing seven games because of an ankle injury, Texas A&M junior Chennedy Carter powered the Aggies to a 73-71 victory at Tennessee by scoring a season-high 37 points. Carter repeatedly drove past Vols' defenders and drew fouls on her way to the basket, which led to her hitting 14 of 16 free-throw attempts. She attempted as many free throws as the entire Tennessee team, which made only 6 of 16 foul shots. Carter, the preseason pick to be the SEC Player of the Year, also hit three of her five 3-point attempts and added five rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists for the Aggies. "She is just like (Rennia) Davis. She is full-go at all times," Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said of Carter after the game. Kennedy subsequently was selected fourth overall in the 2020 WBNA draft by the Atlanta Dream.
Jessika Carter, a 6-5 sophomore forward-center for Mississippi State, put on a show in an early-season nonconference game against Murray State, piling up 25 points and 18 rebounds in less than 22 minutes of action. She helped the Bulldogs rack up a school-record number of points in a 124-43 victory. While then-Mississippi State coach Vic Shaefer called Carter's performance "pretty special," Carter herself told 247sports.com that she felt she "could do so much better." Considering she had a double-double by the end of the first quarter with 12 points and 10 rebounds, that's saying something.
It did not take long for South Carolina freshman Aliyah Boston to make an impact, as she registered a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks in her very first collegiate game, a nonconference affair vs. Alabama State. But the most impressive outing of her debut season in the SEC came later during the heart of the conference season when the 6-5 center racked up 19 points, a staggering 25 rebounds and five blocks in an important 91-82 win over Arkansas on Jan. 9. She came within one rebound of setting a South Carolina school record. "I didn't really know until the end of the game how close I was," Boston told the Associated Press afterward. "She may be bigger than everybody else, but that doesn't mean the ball falls into her hands," Staley added of her freshman star. "She's got to go get it. But she understands the game."
Rhyne Howard, a sophomore guard for Kentucky, scorched Alabama for a career-high 43 points in an 81-71 Wildcats' victory on Jan. 9. It was the most points scored by any player in the SEC all season and tied the Kentucky single-game scoring record, as Howard drained 14 of 21 field-goal attempts overall and 7 of 11 from 3-point range. She also added six rebounds and five steals in the incredible individual performance, but the points explosion came as no great surprise. Howard finished the shortened season as the No. 2 scorer in the nation with a 23.4 points per game average, and her 84 3-pointers were most in school history. Following the season, Howard was named first team All-America by both the Associated Press and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), becoming the first player in Kentucky history to earn the AP honors despite missing time during the season because of a fractured finger. And there was no day or night when she was better than during the 43-point outburst against Alabama. "Everything was just falling for me," Howard said on the UK Radio Network post-game show. "I don't even know what the difference was, I was just making all my shots." Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell added: "It's a tremendous performance. ... What an incredible shooter ... It's just amazing. She really worked hard for it. It's not like she was unguarded."