Women's Basketball Players of the Week
Player of the Week: South Carolina's Aliyah Boston hit three free throws late in the third quarter at #13/16 LSU to put the Gamecocks up three heading into the fourth then posted nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks in the final 10 minutes to deliver the win. The last of her seven offensive rebounds at LSU was on a teammate's missed free throw with just a four-point lead and nine seconds to play. She scored 10 of the team's 18 first-quarter points against #21/20 Kentucky on 5-of-6 shooting and nearly completed the double-double by halftime with 10 points and eight rebounds to go with three blocks in just 16 minutes on the court. In the second half, she added eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 12 minutes of action. She stretched her run of consecutive double-doubles to nine, which matches the school record originally set in 1975 and matched in 1978. Shooting 9-of-12 against Kentucky, it was her second game over 70.0 percent shooting in the last three outings and fourth of the season. In eight games against nationally ranked opponents this season, Boston averages 17.0 points, 12.9 rebounds and 4.0 blocks.
Freshman of the Week: Although Mississippi State's Denae Carter didn't score a ton of points this week, she impacted the game with her relentless effort and hustle. With a shorthanded roster all week (eight players at Alabama and seven vs Vanderbilt) that included a game vs Vanderbilt that saw the Bulldog roster feature just two players over 6-foot, Carter was asked to carry the workload in the post. She played 34 minutes at Alabama and 35 vs Vanderbilt while the other two post players combined for just nine total minutes. She owned the glass in both games, her 10 rebound performance on the road was her sixth double-digit rebound performance of the season. She has led the Bulldogs in rebounding in six straight games and now has 125 rebounds on the year which is the 7th-most in the SEC and second-most amongst freshmen nationally. Over the weekend, Carter also recorded her 30th and 31st blocked shot of the season which ranks 5th all-time at MSU amongst freshmen.