Player of the Week
A’dia Mathies • Kentucky
Senior • Guard • Louisville, Ky.
• Mathies led UK to road wins at Arkansas and Vanderbilt last week.
• Averaged a team-high 21.5 points, along with 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the two wins.
• In a tough, come-from-behind overtime win at Arkansas, she scored 13 of her 15 points in the decisive second half, including four in overtime play to give the Wildcats their first win in Fayetteville since 2010.
• Hit four of her last six shot attempts in the overtime win and grabbed a season-high tying nine rebounds and team-high five assists.
• Had an all-around impressive performance vs. Vanderbilt by netting a season-high 28 points on 10-of-17 from the floor, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.
• The 28 points moved her up to No. 3 on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,815 career points.
• Mathies became just the third player in UK history to score over 1,800 career points.
• Tied her career high with five 3-pointers and dished out a team-high five assists against the ‘Dores.
• Has reached double figures in 22-of-24 games this season, including 15 in a row.
Freshman of the Week
Courtney Walker • Texas A&M
Guard • Edmond, Okla.
• Second leading scorer for Aggies in each of A&M’s two wins this week, including a win at No. 12/15 South Carolina
• Was 8-for-10 from the floor against the LSU on Big Monday in Baton Rouge, a conference game best 80% FG percentage for Walker and second best by an A&M player this year in conference game.
• Scored 10 points in the second half against LSU on 5-of-6 shooting
• Three steals against LSU led to six A&M points, including fast break layup with less than three minutes to play to secure A&M victory.
• Spearheaded defensive effort that held No. 12/15 South Carolina to season low 28.1% shooting in the game.
• Collected season high five offensive rebounds against South Carolina, leading to four of A&M’s 10 second chance points.
• Her seven rebounds against South Carolina ties for second most in a game this year for Walker and most in a conference game.
• Walker’s defensive pressure contributed to A&M’s stingy defensive effort allowing just 52.5 points per game on the week.