South Carolina senior Ieasia Walker was named SEC Player of the Week, the league office announced
today. The Gamecock point guard led the team to a pair of victories last week,
including a 55-50 win over then-No. 5/4 Kentucky at Colonial Life Arena. She
finished the week with 23 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and
Walker drove the Gamecocks to victory over Kentucky,
playing every second of the game. Her all-around game was on full display as
she led the team in points (16), rebounds (8), assists (4), steals (3) and
blocks (2). She posted nine points, three assists and three steals in the
second half – more than half of her totals for the game – as the Gamecocks
broke the 19-19 halftime tie. Against Arkansas, Walker swiped five steals,
including three in the second half – two in the final six minutes to help the
Gamecock defense hold off the charging Razorbacks. Offensively, she hit a pair
of key 3-pointers during a first-half run and led the team with three assists.
With the wins, South Carolina improved to 17-3 overall
and 6-2 in SEC action. The league record matches the 2001-02 team's eight-game
start to conference play. That group won nine of its first 11 SEC outings.
Walker has upped her game since league play began, averaging 11.5 points, 2.9
assists and 3.0 steals. In SEC action, she is tied for the conference lead in
steals and ranks among the top-30 scorers.
South Carolina is back in action on Sun., Feb. 3, 3 p.m.
against Auburn at Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks will celebrate National
Girls and Women in Sports Day at the game. Check GamecocksOnline.com this week
with more information about the events planned.