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Week 9: Women's Basketball Players of the Week

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Player of the Week: South Carolina's Aliyah Boston posted her second career triple-double against Georgia, marking several program firsts - first Gamecock with multiple career triple-doubles, first triple-double against an SEC opponent, first triple-double against a ranked opponent. In league history, it was just the seventh triple-double in SEC regular-season play and just the second to include blocks. Six of her 10 blocks against Georgia came in the third quarter as the Gamecocks pulled away. Extended her streak of double-digit rebound games to seven with her double-double at LSU. Turned in her fourth 20-point SEC game, including three of the last five, after having just two 20-point games all of her freshman season. Scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in the fourth quarter when the Gamecocks turned a two-point deficit in to four-point victory.

Freshman of the Week: Marta Suárez, one of only three Lady Vols to start every game this season, continues to be a consistent contributor and glue player for Tennessee this season. Her steady play last week enabled Tennessee to improve to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the SEC to remain third in the league standings and climb to No. 20 in the AP poll. She finished the week averaging 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 63.6 percent from the field. She scored in double figures for the second time this season, tossing in 10 points and pulling down six rebounds in a narrow loss to No. 3/5 UConn. She hit four of seven attempts from the field, including a couple of big threes that helped the Lady Vols battle through 17 lead changes and 12 ties vs. the Huskies in a game that wasn't decided until the final 25 seconds. In the runaway win over No. 12/12 Kentucky, Suárez tallied six points on three-of-four shooting while grabbing four boards in UT's 56 to 25 dominant advantage on the glass. Defensively, Suárez was part of a UT effort that severely limited the output of last week's opponents. UConn and Kentucky entered averaging 89.0 and 77.7 points per game, respectively, and she played a role in Tennessee's team effort that held the Huskies to 22 points below their average and the Cats to 22.7 below theirs.