Tennessee's Bashaara Graves wasted no time in earning her first SEC honor.
The 6-foot-2 women's basketball forward was named the conference's freshman of the week Monday after debuting with two strong performances.
Graves made her first start on Sunday and made the most of it, leading UT with 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 71-54 victory at Georgia Tech. She became the 20th freshman in program history to record a double-double. Graves had seven offensive rebounds, which led to five of her nine baskets. She also gathered four steals.
"Her toughness was what was most impressive," Tech coach MaChelle Joseph said. "She went after every ball. That's one of the things I've been talking to our freshmen about."
Graves had 14 points and eight rebounds in Friday's 80-71 loss at Chattanooga. Through two games, she leads Tennessee in scoring (16 points per game) and rebounding (10 rpg).
UT's home opener is Thursday versus Rice.
Ranking: Despite the loss to Chattanooga, Tennessee stayed in the Associated Press' weekly top 25 poll, dropping four spots to No. 24. UT has been ranked every week since week No. 14 of the 1984-85 season.
Chattanooga was among the unranked teams receiving votes.
Freshman Report: Graves and Andraya Carter became the second freshman duo Sunday to start for UT in as many seasons. Cierra Burdick and Ariel Massengale started Feb. 2 of last season versus South Carolina.
Graves and fellow freshman Jasmine Jones combined for 23 of UT's 48 rebounds against Georgia Tech. Carter played a team-high 36 minutes.
Recruiting: Tennessee apparently still is in the running for guard Tyler Scaife from Little Rock, Ark.
Scaife, the lone remaining uncommitted recruit from the Class of 2013 who visited Tennessee this fall, is expected to announce her decision on Friday. Rutgers and UT are believed to be the frontrunners for Scaife, who's ranked No. 9 in the class by ESPN HoopGurlz.
Notebook: Burdick set single-game career highs for points (16), field goals (six) and 3-pointers (three) against Georgia Tech. ... Tennessee held Tech scoreless for more than nine minutes in the second half. ... Point guards Carter and Ariel Massengale, who occasionally played together on Sunday, shared equally in combining for eight assists and two turnovers.