Davis nets SEC Player of the Week honors

Rennia Davis – Lady Vols / Credit: UT Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee forward Rennia Davis was named SEC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Tuesday, marking the second time this season and sixth time in her career she has earned that distinction.

That’s the most career player of the week honors by any active league women’s basketball student-athlete and ties her with Chelsea Dungee of Arkansas and Aliyah Boston of South Carolina for most POTW accolades this season.

Davis averaged 23.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists last week, posting back-to-back 20-point scoring efforts and running her string to three consecutive games with 20 points or more. The 6-foot-2 senior shot 44.8 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent on threes, and was 16 of 18 from the free-throw line for 88.9 percent in games vs. #2/3 South Carolina and #22/23 Georgia.

Davis fired in a game-high 24 points and recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 12 rebounds as the Lady Vols beat the highest ranked team since 2017 in the 75-67 defeat of the Gamecocks. The victory snapped a 31-game SEC winning streak by South Carolina. The double-double tied Davis for fourth all-time in school history, with her 36 career efforts matching Glory Johnson. In that contest, vs. USC, Davis fired in all 24 of her points in the second half, going 6 of 8 from the field and 10 of 10 from the charity stripe as UT erased deficits of 16 in the second quarter, 12 at the half and 15 in the third quarter. Davis posted 11 of her points in the final stanza, nearly outscoring the Gamecocks’ 13 all by herself.

Against Georgia, Davis again led the UT charge, knocking down 23 and pulling down six boards in a tightly-contested affair. Ten of her points came in the second half, with eight part of UT’s fourth-quarter comeback that came up just short against perhaps the league’s top defensive team.

Davis is now averaging 19.1 ppg. and 9.3 rpg. vs. SEC foes and 20.3 ppg. and 11.8 rpg. against ranked teams after last week’s contests.

The Lady Vols are back in action on Thursday, as they travel to Missouri to face the Tigers at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT) in a contest streamed on SECN+.

-UT Athletics