Jackson honored by SEC

Lady Vol senior Gwen Jackson has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 27 after helping Tennessee to two key conference victories over No. 15/14 South Carolina (97-78) and No. 14/13 Mississippi State (82-68).

A preseason nominee for the Naismith Player of the Year award, Jackson went 17-of-22 from the floor and nabbed 14 rebounds over the two contests, in posting averages of 21.5 points-per-game and 7.0 rebounds-per-game. Her efforts helped Tennessee run its conference mark to a perfect 5-0.

In the rout of the Gamecocks, the 6-foot-2 forward was 7 of 8 from the floor and totaled 18 points in only 16 minutes. Against the Lady Bulldogs, she posted her third double-double of the season with a 25-point, 12-rebound performance. On the week, Jackson was nearly responsible for a point-a-minute as she tallied 43 points in 45 minutes. In UT's 19 outings, Jackson has reached double-figures 15 times, including five games of 25 points or more.

The Eufaula, Ala., native currently ranks second in the SEC in 3-point field goal percentage at .463 (19-of-41), sixth in both field goal percentage (.593) and free-throw percentage (.758) and ninth in scoring average (15.7 ppg). In conference games only, she ranks second in field goal percentage (.712), third in scoring (20.4 ppg), sixth in 3-point percentage (.455) and eighth from the charity stripe (.852).

Next up for No. 4 Tennessee (16-3, 5-0) is an important SEC road trip. The Lady Vols meet the resurgent Arkansas Lady'Backs (16-4, 3-2) on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, before traveling to Nashville to face the Vanderbilt Commodores (12-6, 2-3) at 7 p.m. ET.


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