SEC Women's Basketball Players Of The Week
February 17, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The Southeastern Conference announced its most recent women's basketball honors Monday, recognizing outstanding performances from around the league.
Player of the Week
Jennifer O’Neill • Kentucky
Junior • Point Guard
• Jennifer O’Neill was a key catalyst in the Wildcats’ two wins during the week over Ole Miss and No. 8 Tennessee.
• Came off the bench in both games and averaged 25.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists, while shooting 51.6 percent (16-of-31) from the field and 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from beyond the arc.
• Nearly perfect from the free-throw line in the two games, going 11-of-12 (.917 percent).
• Scored a team-high 27 points on an efficient 8-of-15 shooting from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Her five made 3-pointers tied a career high. Also chipped in four rebounds and four assists in the 30-point win vs. Ole Miss.
• Followed up her 27-point performance with a 24-point outing at No. 8 Tennessee, helping lead the Wildcats to their first ever win at Thompson-Boling Arena, while marking the first win in Knoxville since 1985.
• With UK trailing, 69-68, with under three minutes to go at UT, O’Neill scored six straight points to give the Wildcats a 72-69 lead and UK would not trail again.
Freshman of the Week
Breanna Richardson • Mississippi State
• Breanna Richardson was instrumental in Mississippi State’s biggest win of the season, an upset of No. 16 Vanderbilt that halted a six-game losing streak in the series, in the team’s lone action of the week.
• Richardson went 6-of-8 (75 percent) from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 at the line to tally 16 points in the upset win.
• Has now hit 16 of her last 19 free-throw attempts.
• The 16 points was her second-best points tally in SEC play this season and her fourth double-digit scoring game in the last seven contests.
• She also came up with the steal on Vanderbilt’s final in-bounds attempt to seal the win.
• Richardson tallied 12 of her points in the second half as State rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit.
• Richardson scored MSU’s first four points of the game, and she contributed to seven of the team’s first nine points of the second half, scoring seven points and assisting a Martha Alwal basket.
• Connected on a clutch 3-pointer midway through the second half.
• Richardson, who averages 9.1 ppg this season, continued her stellar SEC play, raising her league average to 11.1 ppg, the fourth-highest by a league freshman.