SEC Women's Basketball Weekly Awards: Week 9

SEC Women’s Basketball Weekly Awards: Week 9

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Player of the Week

Rickea Jackson  Tennessee
F • 5Y Detroit, Mich.

Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson has been on a tear since returning from an eight-game hiatus due to injury, helping Tennessee reel off five straight wins and open SEC play at 2-0 with victories at Auburn Thursday night and at home vs. Kentucky on Sunday. At Auburn, Jackson contributed 24 points and a career-high 19 rebounds as Tennessee overcame an 11-point second-quarter deficit. Against Kentucky, Jackson again came to the rescue over the final 20 minutes, allowing the Big Orange to record another comeback win tallying 16 points in the second half. She averaged a double-double of 25.5 points and 13.0 rebounds last week while dishing out 2.0 assists per contest and shooting 54.3 from the field, 40 percent beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free-throw line. Her scoring average is tops in the league after two games, while her rebounding average ranks fourth, her defensive rebounds per game average (10.0) is third and her field goal percentage is eighth. For the season, Jackson is averaging 21.2 ppg. and 10.5 rpg. while shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from the arc and 80 percent at the charity stripe.

Freshman of the Week

Mikaylah Williams  LSU
G • Fr. Bossier City, La.

Mikaylah Williams showed her ability to impact games in multiple ways, helping LSU begin 2-0 in league play. In her first SEC game, Williams managed to score in double figures despite not shooting the ball like her typical self. Her seven assists against Missouri were a career high as she found open shooters and also impacted the game with six rebounds, 2 steals in a block. On Sunday at Ole Miss, Williams showed off her scoring prowess, scoring 20 points for the fifth time this season. She was especially lethal from beyond the arc, shotting 4-5 from three-point range. As she was able to get her shot whenever she wanted it did not stop Williams from finding open players as she dealt out four assists. She made an impact defensively too with four steals, including one at the top of the key that she took and popped a three-pointer on the other end. When LSU trailed by one in the third quarter, Williams charge that she took helped the momentum swing back towards LSU for the Tigers to leave Oxford with an 11-point road victory.

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