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.