Happy New Year!
Let’s keep this short and sweet (again) as here are the Stars of the Week for the week ending December 31, 2017.
Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State
2017 ended with yet another huge week for Mississippi State forward Teaira McCowan. In the Lady Bulldogs 112-36 demolition of Mississippi Valley State, McCowan scored 41 points – the 12th 40-plus point scoring effort in the history of the school. McCowan then was just as dominant against Georgia as the Lady Bulldogs opened SEC play, scoring 26 points and picking up her 21st career double-double for good measure.
Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M
Like McCowan, Chennedy Carter was another player who led her team in scoring twice this week. Carter scored 28 points – and also notched seven assists without a turnover – as her Aggies beat SMU 79-57 in their final non-con tune-up. Carter then did everything possible as the No. 22 Aggies attempted to upset No. 4 South Carolina, scoring 36 points in a monumental personal performance as the Gamecocks squeaked out a two-point win.
A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
The sole reason that the Aggies were unable to upset the Gamecocks was the play of 6-foot-5 All-American A’ja Wilson. Wilson scored 25 points in Columbia and made the decisive play down the stretch as the Lady Gamecocks rallied from 11 points behind with 13 minutes to play. Wilson stepped up when needed this week, scoring 10 of the final 20 South Carolina points in the matchup.
Janiah McKay – Auburn
The third player on this list that led her team in scoring in both outings this week, Janiah McKay helped Auburn run down a 16-point first-quarter Florida lead to crush the Gators 84-55. Mckay – who had 17 points against Xavier (LA.) earlier in the week – finished with 25 points and a game-high five assists against her hometown school.
Unsung Hero – Devin Cosper – Alabama
Opening up conference play with a victory is important. Opening with a win at home when leading by 12 points entering the fourth quarter is essential. Alabama made that happen (just) thanks to the play of Devin Cosper against Ole Miss. The Razorbacks lead had dwindled to one point when Cosper hit a big three to stem the tide. Arkansas does not pick up a 73-72 win without her 18 points and 11 rebounds against the Rebels.