SEC weekly honors go to McCowan and Thompson


In the second addition of the SEC women’s basketball weekly awards for the 2017-18 season, Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan was named Player of the Week and Auburn forward Unique Thompson was named Freshman of the Week.

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McCowan, a 6’7 junior from Brenham, Texas, started her week by scoring 19 points in a 106-50 MSU win over Georgia State. She shot 9-of-10 from the field in the win and also added two blocks. Her encore performance saw her notch her 11th career double-double as she registered 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 91-56 win at home over Southern Mississippi. Even more notably, McCowan blocked three shots in that game, moving her past LaToya Thomas for fourth place in MSU history in career blocks. For the week, she averaged 18.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, and 2.5 bpg. MSU is now 3-0 on the season.

For Auburn, Unique Thompson recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds in a 75-59 win over Louisiana Tech. In the win, Thompson also had six blocks, the most blocks in a game for Auburn since 2011. Also noteworthy was that Thompson secured a double-double before halftime, the first Tiger to accomplish that feat since DeWanna Bonner in 2009. Thompson is averaging 12 ppg and 12.3 rpg, leading all SEC freshmen in the rebounding department. She averaged 13.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 0.5 apg and 3.5 bpg on the week. Auburn is now 2-1 on the season.