Gamecocks' Walker named SEC women's basketball player of week
South Carolina senior Ieasia Walker has been named the Southeastern Conference women's basketball player of the week.
The Gamecock point guard led the team to a pair of victories last week, including a 55-50 win over then-No. 5 Kentucky at Colonial Life Arena. She finished the week with 23 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and three steals. Walker drove the Gamecocks to victory over Kentucky, playing every second of the game. Her all-around game was on full display as she led the team in points (16), rebounds (8), assists (4), steals (3) and blocks (2).
Against Arkansas, Walker had five steals, including three in the second half — two in the final six minutes to help the Gamecock defense hold off the charging Razorbacks. Offensively, she hit a pair of key 3-pointers during a first-half run and led the team with three assists.
With the wins, South Carolina improved to 17-3 overall and 6-2 in SEC action. The league record matches the 2001-02 team's eight-game start to conference play. That group won nine of its first 11 SEC outings. Walker has upped her game since league play began, averaging 11.5 points, 2.9 assists and 3.0 steals. In SEC action, she is tied for the conference lead in steals and ranks among the top-30 scorers.
South Carolina is back in action Sunday at 3 p.m. against Auburn at Colonial Life Arena.