PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AARYN ELLENBERG (U. of Oklahoma, Jr., Guard)
- The Saturday’s match up between No. 16 Oklahoma and No. 1 Baylor, the Sooners’ junior guard, Aaryn Ellenberg stole the show. Although the Sooners fell short to the number one ranked team in all of women’s basketball, Ellenberg put up an astonishing 33 points including 6-of-11 on three-pointers in 37 minutes of play. She proved to be the key offensive player for the Oklahoma team.
GAME OF THE WEEK
(No.2) NOTRE DAME @ (No.9) TENNESSEE—Monday 1/28/13 7:00PM ET
- Before the game, the Vols hung a banner in former head coach, Pat Summit’s honor. This game was supposed to be a way for them to avenge one of coach Pat’s most brutal losses when the Irish beat the Lady Vols in a 2011 regional final and defeated Tennessee 72-44 last season. However, Notre Dame continued their quest to the national championship with a win against the Lady Vols on Monday night. Skylar Diggins had a phenomenal game with 33 points to lead the Irish past Tennessee’s defense. With this win, Notre Dame became the first team ever to beat both Connecticut and Tennessee in three consecutive seasons. Bashaara Graves came up big for the Tennessee offense with 19 points and 13 rebounds, however it was not enough. Notre Dame went on to win 77-67.
(No.5) DUKE @ (No.11) NORTH CAROLINA—Sunday 2/3/13 1:00PM ET
- The rivalry between Duke and North Carolina is one that is very well known and taken seriously by the fans on both sides. Both teams are in the Atlantic Coast Conference; it’s a short drive between Durham and Chapel Hill and Duke is 8-0 while North Carolina is 7-1. Although statistically, Duke has better numbers for points per game and points allowed, this will not be an easy game for either side. Leading the offense for the Blue Devils is sophomore Elizabeth Williams with 14.6 points per game. Williams will be the best big in the country next season after Brittany Griner graduates. Holding up the offense on the Tar Heels side is senior Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 13.9 points per game.
Madison Zanotto covers women’s basketball for NetScouts Basketball. Thanks to oklahoma247sports.com for the photo.