STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – For the second week in a row, the SEC Player of the Week for women’s basketball comes from No. 6 Mississippi State.
Bulldog senior forward Anriel Howard earned the honor a week after teammate Teaira McCowan was named the season’s first honoree.
Howard averaged 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in wins against Lamar and Coppin State that improved the Bulldogs to 4-0.
The Atlanta, Georgia, native was efficient with her opportunities, knocking down 57.7 percent (15-of-26) of her tries from the field and 88.9 percent (8-of-9) from the free-throw line.
Howard opened the week with her first double-double as a Bulldog, the 34th of her career, with 24 points and 13 rebounds in State’s 104-53 win against Lamar.
She was sensational in the second half, scoring 21 of her 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting to help State open up a seven-point halftime lead. She collected 13 points in a school-record 42 point third quarter, and her efforts led the Bulldogs to a program-best 69 points in the second half.
Howard capped the week by collecting 15 points and eight rebounds in a 110-38 victory against Coppin State. She made 6-of-11 shots from the field, including knocking down 5-of-7 tries in a first half that saw the Dawgs tally 64 points.
On the season, Howard is averaging 14.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She has made 23-of-41 (56.1 percent) from the field and 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the free-throw line.
Howard and the Bulldogs return to action Wednesday, hosting Furman at 2 p.m. Fans who bring a canned food item get a free general admission ticket, and a variety of Thanksgiving casseroles will be given away while supplies last.
State wraps a four-game homestand Saturday with a 2 p.m. tip against Jackson State. That contest will be the Bulldogs’ annual Teddy Bear Toss, with fans who bring a Teddy Bear getting free admission.