We are closing in upon the final month and a half of the SEC season. Here are the SEC Women's Basketball Stars of the Week for the week ending January 21, 2017.
Alexis Jennings – South Carolina
We are used to seeing A’ja Wilson’s name on this list – seemingly every week – for the Gamecocks, but with Wilson out of the lineup with an injury against Vanderbilt last week the team needed another player to step up. That player was Alexis Jennings as the junior poured in a season-high 27 points to go along with 13 rebounds in a 95-82 victory.
Sophie Cunningham – Missouri
Missouri had a comfortable week, picking up a pair of wire-to-wire victories over Ole Miss and Arkansas. Whenever the Tigers win big it seems to be junior guard Sophie Cunningham who is the catalyst and this week was no exception to that rule. Cunningham averaged 21 points over the two games, picked up 10 boards in the Ole Miss game, and made 12-of-14 free throws against the Razorbacks.
Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State
No. 3 Mississippi State routed No. 6 Tennessee on the road in their only game this week. Victoria Vivians was the key player in the battle of highly ranked teams, scoring 24 points, her 10th game of 20 or more points this season. The win moved the Bulldogs to 20-0 on the year.
Mackenzie Engram – Georgia
Georgia was another team that played just one game this week, but Mackenzie Engram made the most of that one contest. Engram scored 22 points and had eight rebounds, making this her third straight 20-point game of the season. Engram’s win helped boost Georgia to its best start since the 2009-10 season as the Bulldogs moved to 17-2 on the year.
Unsung Hero – Haley Lorenzen – Florida
It won’t track much nationally – or even regionally – but the Florida Gators picked up their first two SEC wins of the season this week. The Gators moved to 2-5 in SEC by taking down Arkansas and Ole Miss, with the second win being clinched by a Haley Lorenzen rebound and put back with less than 30 seconds on the clock. It capped an 18-4 fourth quarter in the Gators favor as they won 61-61.