Mitchell, Fowles named SEC Players of Week

Sylvia Fowles, a sophomore center for the fourth-ranked LSU women's basketball team, and Darrel Mitchell, a 5-9 senior guard for the LSU men, were named the Southeastern Conference Players of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Monday.

Fowles led LSU (17-1, 6-0 SEC) to a victory over No. 22 Vanderbilt with career-best performance this past Thursday. The 6-6 center poured in 26 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and had five blocked shots in 29 minutes against the Commodores.


Her performance marked the first time an LSU player recorded at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game since 1994. Fowles also became just the fourth different Lady Tigers player to accomplish the feat.


This is the third time this season Fowles has received the SEC's top weekly honor. She was also named Player of the Week on Dec. 19 and Jan. 2.


Fowles has collected 11 double doubles this season, the second most in the SEC, and ranks first in rebounds, third in field goal percentage and fifth in scoring in the league.


The Miami, Fla., native is averaging 16.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 65.9 percent from the floor this season.


LSU defeated Georgia at home on Wednesday (81-52) and defeated Ole Miss in Oxford on Saturday (79-73).


Mitchell led LSU to its two wins last week with 24 points and eight assists against Georgia combined with scoring 28 points, including 7-of-7 from the free throw line at Ole Miss.


The St. Martinville senior shot 68 percent from the field (17-of-25), making 10-of-14 attempts from behind the arc.


Mitchell is shooting 46.2 percent from the arc for the season and needs just 13 more three-pointers to become the school's all-time three-point field goal shooter. Mitchell earned his other SEC POW earlier in the year after the Tigers' victory at No. 13 West Virginia in November when he made a three-pointer to force overtime and then got the three-pointer that won the game late in the extra session.

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