Alwal named SEC Player of the Week, Gillom finalist

Martha Alwal

Martha Alwal

Mississippi State’s Martha Alwal was named SEC Player of the Week for women’s basketball for a second time this season.

Alwal averaged 21.5 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks per game in overtime games against Alabama and Ole Miss last week playing all 45 minutes in both of those contests.

“Martha is very deserving. She continues to lead our team in numerous categories, and she became the all-time shot blocker in Mississippi State history as a junior,” said MSU coach Vic Schaefer. “She does it in the best conference in college basketball, and to put up those numbers against the best players in the country night in and night out is quite an accomplishment.”

The 6-foot-5 center had a double-double in both outings and has now recorded nine this season and is the SEC’s active career leader with 28. Alwal had a personal best outing against Ole Miss Sunday with 25 points and 23 rebounds.

The Worthington, Minn., native ranks in the conference’s top 10 in scoring (15.9), field goal percentage (51.3), rebounds (8.9) and blocks (2.5).

Alwal was also announced as a finalist for the C Spire Gillom Trophy along with Ole Miss’ Tia Faleru and Jamierra Faulkner of Southern Miss. The Gillom Trophy is awarded annually to the top female college basketball player in Mississippi, an award Alwal won last year.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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