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SEC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STARS OF THE WEEK

Another week of SEC women’s basketball action saw some big performances on the hardwood. Here are the Stars of the Week for the week ending December 10, 2017.

Sophie Cunningham – Mizzou
Sophie Cunningham had quite the week for the Tigers. The junior guard scored 15 points on Friday against Saint Louis, before exploding for 35 points as Missouri beat SIUE 78-48. It was a season-high in points for Cunningham as she hit a career-high seven three-pointers to score 30 or more points for the fifth time in her career.

Jaime Nared and Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
The midweek win over Troy was expected, but the Lady Vols 82-75 victory over No. 2 Texas was a massive statement. Both Nared and Russell had double-doubles, with Nared scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Russell contributed 15 points and 12 boards. The Lady Vols are 10-0 for the tenth time in school history thanks to the effort of these two players.

A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
The Gamecocks only played one game this week, but A’ja Wilson made it count as she went off against College of Charleston. Wilson scored 18 of her game-high 26 points in the first half, adding 15 rebounds to pick up her eighth double-double of the season. Her performance was especially important as South Carolina started the game 2-of-12 from the field before Wilson took over the game.

Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M
Khaalia Hillsman had a very productive week for the Aggies. She scored a season high 22 points in Texas A&M’s midweek win over TCU, scoring 13 points in the third quarter to almost singlehandedly run down the Horned Frogs’ lead. Hillsman backed this up by setting her season-high scoring total for the second time in a week, putting up 26 points as the Aggies defeated Central Arkansas.

Unsung Hero – Alissa Alston – Ole Miss
When you have a couple of scorers as consistent as Madinah Muhammad and Promise Taylor it is easy to let them do all the work. Ole Miss though moved to 8-1 for the first time since 2005-06 on the back of a career-high 27 points from Alissa Alston. With their stars spluttering – Taylor managed just six points before fouling out – it was the junior who stepped up and filled the void in a tight 66-59 win over South Alabama.

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