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Women's Basketball Players of the Week

170 days ago
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Co-Players of the Week: Auburn sophomore Aicha Coulibaly is playing the best basketball of her career to this point, topping the 20-point mark in three straight games as she has led Auburn to three straight wins. Last week, coming off a career-high 27 points in a win over Charleston Southern, she led Auburn with 23 points and 8 rebounds in a come-from-behind win over North Florida on Tuesday. Coulibaly followed up that performance with another stellar night against Oklahoma State, leading the Tigers with 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting (8-8 2FG) and 6-of-8 at the free-throw line as Auburn clinched the SEC/Big 12 Championship for the SEC with a 77-66 win. After a three-game stretch where she has averaged 25.0 points, she is averaging 17.1 points/game for the season and is the SEC's fifth-leading scorer.

Missouri's Aijha Blackwell recorded her fifth and sixth double-doubles of the season, moving her career total to 26. She grabbed 15+ rebounds in back-to-back games for the first time on the year and the second time in her career. Led the Tigers in scoring in each game, tying with Lauren Hansen with 16 and then led the way against No. 5 Baylor. Added her fourth 20-point game of the year, matching her 2020-21 total. Leads the SEC in rebounding by nearly 2.5 rebounds per game. On the week, Blackwell went 13-of-21 (.619) and 8-of-14 (.571) from the charity stripe.

Freshman of the Week: Tennessee's Sara Puckett averaged 10.0 points and 2.5 rebounds last week, as the Lady Vols picked up a pair of wins that vaulted them into the AP top 10 for the first time since the 2018-19 season. The 6-foot-2 freshman was sensational in UT's win over RV/RV Virginia Tech, scoring a career-high 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and adding three rebounds to keep the Big Orange unbeaten at 8-0 and end the Hokies' 63-game homecourt win streak against non-conference opponents. The rookie from Muscle Shoals, Ala., scored eight of her points in the decisive fourth quarter, spurring Tennessee to a 16-3 blitz over the final six minutes that enabled the Lady Vols to overcome a seven-point deficit and card their fourth final-quarter comeback of the season. Puckett also was instrumental in keeping a surging Hokies squad within range during the second period before going to the bench with her second foul. Prior to departing, she scored seven points in the frame, including a spurt of three field goals, including a three-pointer, that lifted her team from six down to four ahead in the span of just over three minutes. The UT reserve has scored in double figures in two of her past three games and has increased her season scoring average to 7.5 ppg and her shooting percentage to 46.2.