Know your Lady Vols: Ariel Massengale
Tennessee’s Meighan Simmons and Bashaara Graves swept the SEC’s weekly honors for women’s basketball.
Simmons, who had the highest point total in the conference this season with 33 against North Carolina on Sunday, was named the player of the week.
Graves, who averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game in two victories, was named freshman of the week for the second time this season.
Simmons, the 5-foot-9 junior guard, shot 12-for-22 from the floor in the 102-57 victory over the Tar Heels, setting a career scoring high and surpassing the 1,000-point career milestone. She also had six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
In last Wednesday’s 88-81 overtime victory over Middle Tennessee State, Simmons scored 19 points and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
For the season, she’s first in the conference in scoring (17.9 points per game) and free-throw percentage (91.3).
Graves’ big game of the week was 15 points and 12 rebounds versus MTSU. She scored 11 and had eight rebounds against North Carolina.
The 6-foot-2 forward is the league’s top freshman in terms of scoring (15.1 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg) and field goal percentage (53.2).
Moving Up: Tennessee moved up two spots to No. 14 in the Associated Press’ weekly top 25 poll.
Going by this week’s poll, Tennessee’s next three games are as follows: At No. 12 Texas on Dec. 16, at No. 3 Baylor on Dec. 18 and hosting No. 1 Stanford on Dec. 22.
North Carolina’s victory against then-No. 15 Ohio State last Wednesday apparently carried more weight with the voters than its loss to the Lady Vols. The Tar Heels moved up a spot to No. 21.