Player of the Week: Tennessee’s Rennia Davis averaged 23.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists last week, posting back-to-back 20-point scoring efforts and running her string to three consecutive games with 20 points or more. The senior shot 44.8 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent on threes, and was 16 of 18 from the free-throw line for 88.9 percent in games vs. #2/3 South Carolina and #22/23 Georgia. Davis fired in a game-high 24 points and recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 12 rebounds as the Lady Vols beat their highest ranked team since 2017 in the 75-67 defeat of the Gamecocks. The victory snapped a 31-game SEC winning streak by South Carolina. The double-double tied Davis for fourth all-time in school history, her 36 career efforts matching Glory Johnson. In that contest, vs. USC, Davis fired in all 24 of her points in the second half, going 6 of 8 from the field and 10 of 10 from the charity stripe as UT erased deficits of 16 in the second quarter, 12 at the half and 15 in the third quarter. Davis posted 11 of her points in the final stanza, nearly outscoring the Gamecocks’ 13 all by herself. Against Georgia, Davis again led the UT charge, knocking down 23 and pulling down six boards in a tightly-contested affair. Ten of her points came in the second half, with eight part of UT’s fourth-quarter comeback that came up just short against perhaps the league’s top defensive team. Davis is now averaging 19.1 ppg. vs. SEC foes and 20.3 against ranked teams after last week’s contests.
Freshman of the Week: Florida’s Jordyn Merritt put together an impressive game against Missouri, posting 12 points and career-high nine rebounds. Finishing in double figures for the second time this season, Merritt came just short of her first double-double. Merritt, who has started the last four games, played 30 or more minutes in both games. On the week, she averaged 7.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.