The women’s college basketball season is heating up and with conference play on the near horizon is it time to start making note of who is starring on the hardwood. Here are the Stars of the Week for the week ending December 3, 2017.
Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State
McCowan had just a monster game in the Bulldogs 94-37 win over Louisiana. She scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 20 rebounds in a display where she simply took over the game. McCowan followed that up with an 11 rebound performance against Oklahoma State in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
Madinah Muhammad – Ole Miss
Muhammad scored a career-high 30 points on Saturday night as Ole Miss took down Arkansas State 74-48 at The Pavilion. It was the first 30+ point scoring performance from a Rebel player since 2015, as Muhammad shot 11-of-25 from the field to take over the game.
Alexis Jennings – South Carolina
While most of the SEC heavyweights were having trouble with their Big 12 counterparts, South Carolina picked up a quality win against Duke. Jennings – along with frontcourt mate A’ja Wilson – controlled the contest, as she scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds. It was a performance made even bigger when you consider that the Gamecocks were missing two senior guards through injury.
Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State
Mississippi State held serve against a touch Oklahoma State team due to the strength of a backcourt that is loaded with upperclassmen. It was Vivian’s time to shine this week as she fired in a season-high 30 points as the Bulldogs outlasted the Cowboys 79-76.
Anriel Howard – Texas A&M
Howard had two big rebounding nights this week, picking up 13 boards – to go along with a career-high 23 points – as the Aggies beat Rice 82-76. Howard followed this up with an impressive 11 rebounds in the Aggies close loss to No. 11 West Virginia on Sunday night.
Unsung Hero – Erin Whalen – Vanderbilt
Whalen hit a pair of free throws – her only two attempts of the game – with less than 12 seconds left as Vanderbilt held off Iowa State 77-74 on Saturday afternoon. It is once again proof that a player who was only on the court for 11 combined minutes in her team’s two games this week can dramatically alter the outcome of a contest.