By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Ole Miss sophomore forward Nikki Byrd was named SEC Player of the Week Monday after leading the Rebels to a pair of league wins.
Byrd averaged a double-double with 12.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game during the week to help Ole Miss move into a tie for first place in the SEC with a 5-1 league record.
The Brookhaven native opened the week by scoring 12 points and pulling down a game-high nine rebounds in Ole Miss’ 66-58 win over in-state rival Mississippi State last Thursday night. She also collected three steals, one blocked shot and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and currently leads the league with .632 field goal percentage.
On Sunday against No. 8 Georgia, Byrd earned her first start of the season and responded by scoring 13 points and tying her career-high with 14 rebounds to lead Ole Miss to a 66-65 upset victory over the Lady Bulldogs. Tradition-rich Ole Miss had never won in Athens, and it was the first time the Rebels had beaten a ranked team on the road since 2002.
The Rebels (14-5) have now won eight of their last nine games and five straight in conference. Ole Miss’ five-game conference winning streak is its longest since the 2006-07 season.