Player of the Week
Tyrese Tanner • Auburn
Junior • Guard • Birmingham, Ala.
• Tanner led Auburn in scoring in the opening weekend of the season, averaging 20.5 points per game while leading Auburn to a runner-up finish in the Wolfpack Invitational.
• Tanner scored a career-high 26 points against North Carolina State in the championship game; her 26 points are the most for a Tiger since Alli Smalley scored 27 on Jan. 13, 2011.
• The 26 points is also the most points scored by any player in the SEC this season.
• She nearly averaged a double-double on the weekend, averaging 8.5 rebounds per game; she led Auburn with nine in the opener against Maine and had 8 against the Wolfpack.
• The nine rebounds against Maine set a new career high for Tanner.
• The 11 free throws she hit against N.C. State is also a career high.
• Tanner stepped up on the defensive end as well, averaging 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
• For her efforts over the weekend, Tanner was named to the Wolfpack Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Freshman of the Week
Bashaara Graves • Tennessee
Forward/Center • Clarksville, Tenn.
• Through two games, Graves leads Tennessee in scoring (16.0) and rebounding (10.0), averaging a double-double.
• Getting her first career start on the road at Georgia Tech on Sunday, Graves helped UT topple the #22/20 Yellow Jackets, 71-54, as GT played its first-ever game in McCamish Pavilion.
• Became the 20th freshman in Lady Vol history to record a double-double, producing team-leading and career-high totals of 18 points and 12 rebounds (seven of them offensive) in 27 minutes as Tennessee improved to 1-1 on the season.
• Her early play was key to UT getting off to a good start, as she had totaled 14 points and eight boards in 16 first-half minutes, hitting seven of 12 shots from the field.
• Graves also added four steals and helped the Big Orange employ an effective 2-3 zone that led to a 45-30 halftime lead and 24-point second-half advantage over a program that went to the Sweet 16 last season.
• In her college debut, Graves came off the bench to finish with 14 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes of play in the loss to Chattanooga on Friday night.