The Southeastern Conference released its women's basketball players of the week on Monday, recognizing outstanding performances on the court from around the league.
Player of the Week
Ariel Massengale • Tennessee
Junior • Point Guard
• Led Tennessee in scoring twice during a week in which the Lady Vols went 3-0 and rose to No. 4/3 in the national rankings.
• Scored a career-high 20 points and had seven assists, six rebounds and three steals while playing all 40 minutes in the road win at No. 12/11 North Carolina.
• Drained a career-high five threes in nine attempts vs. the Tar Heels.
• Followed that effort with 16 points, five assists, four rebounds and a steals in the win over Chattanooga, which is receiving votes.
• Connected on four of five threes in that contest to go 9-14 over a two-game span from three-point land.
• Had nine points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in Sunday’s victory over Georgia Tech, another team receiving votes in the polls.
Freshman of the Week
Alaina Coates • South Carolina
• Averaged a double-double for the week and is just shy of averaging one for the season.
• Snagged 10 of her 14 rebounds against College of Charleston in the second half, helping the Gamecocks more than double their lead over halftime.
• Tied for third in school history for rebounds by a freshman with her 14 against CofC, one short of the freshman school record.
• Needed just 13 minutes on the court to record 11 points and 14 rebounds against College of Charleston.
• Swatted away four shots against Seton Hall, including one without leaving her feet, which is tied for fourth-most ever by a Gamecock freshman.