Kentucky women’s basketball senior forward DeNesha Stallworth was named the Southeastern Conference player of the week on Monday.
It's the second SEC player of the week honor for Stallworth, and the first this season. She led the seventh-ranked Wildcats to home wins over Bradley (117-77) and in-state rival No. 4 Louisville (69-64) by averaging 14.5 points and nine rebounds.
The Richmond, Calif., native scored 15 of her 16 points and grabbed six of her game-high tying eight rebounds after halftime against Louisville to help the Wildcats claw back from a 14-point deficit. In the second half, Stallworth grabbed four crucial offensive rebounds and made 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch.
Against Bradley, Stallworth again did most of her damage in the second half. She scored 11 of her 13 points and grabbed six of her 10 rebounds after halftime. Stallworth also had a season-best three blocks in the game. The double-double was her second of the season and the 23rd of her career.
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For the season, Stallworth leads the Wildcats in scoring (14.0) and ranks second the team in rebounding (6.8) and field goal percentage (.581). She currently is on the watch lists for every major national player of the year award, including the Wade Trophy, the Naismith Trophy, the Senior CLASS Award and the John R. Wooden Award.
The Wildcats hit the road for their next matchup with a top-10 opponent, when they play No. 9 Baylor on Thursday in the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. The game is the first in a double-header: UK men’s team, ranked No. 3, also plays Baylor.