Feb. 7, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Mitch
314-444-4300
Senior guard leads Gamecocks to historic win at Tennessee
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SOUTH CAROLINA'S GRANT IS
WOMEN'S NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected South Carolina guard Markeshia Grant as its Women's National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Feb. 5. The USBWA's weekly honor will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 21 this season.

Grant

As the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, Grant was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week.

Grant, a 5-6 senior from Tampa, Fla., scored a career-high 27 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers (two short of the school record) as the Gamecocks recorded their first-ever win over Tennessee in Knoxville and their first over the Lady Vols since 1980.

During South Carolina's current four-game win streak, which returned the Gamecocks to The Associated Press Top 25 for the second time this season, Grant is shooting 44.4 percent from 3-point range.

She is South Carolina's leading scorer with an 11.0 average playing for coach Dawn Staley, one of the all-time great point guards in women's basketball history.

This is the first season that the USBWA has selected a women's national player of the week. The weekly national player of the week is added to the award's watch list, which will be released at mid-season.

Since the 1987-88 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. At the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership of the USBWA. The winner of the 2012 National Player of the Year will be announced and presented at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast in Denver, site of the 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected a women's All-America team since the 1996-97 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-444-4300.

2011-12 USBWA Women's National Players of the Week
Week of Dec. 11: A'dia Mathies, Kentucky (Southeastern Conference)
Week of Dec. 18: Brittney Griner, Baylor (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Dec. 25: Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford (Pac-12 Conference)
Week of Jan. 1: Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown (Big East Conference)
Week of Jan. 8: Elena Delle Donne, Delaware (Colonial Athletic Association)
Week of Jan. 15: Brittany Rayburn, Purdue (Big Ten Conference)
Week of Jan. 22: Jessica Jenkins, St. Bonaventure (Atlantic 10 Conference)
Week of Jan. 29: Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut (Big East Conference)
Week of Feb. 5: Markeshia Grant, South Carolina (Southeastern Conference)
Week of Feb. 12: Tianna Hawkins, Maryland (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week of Feb. 19: Shey Peddy, Temple (Atlantic 10 Conference)