Mizzou Women’s Basketball freshman guard Sophie Cunningham was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season, it was announced Tuesday. Cunningham recorded the third double-double of her freshman season with 24 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s 69-55 victory at Auburn. She has tied the SEC record by winning the award five times during her freshman year.
Cunningham became only the second Mizzou freshman over the last 18 years to record a 24-point, 10-rebound performance and only the third Tiger to finish with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 made free throws during that span. She tied a career-high with 10 made foul shots in 12 attempts. For the game, Cunningham finished 6-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from 3-point range.
Through 27 games, Cunningham averages a team-leading 13.3 points per game, ranks second on the squad in assists (2.9) and is tied for second in rebounding (5.6). She ranks 11th in the SEC in points and is the only freshman in the league’s top 23 in scoring. Cunningham ranks second in points (360) and made free throws (82), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and ninth in rebounds (152) by a freshman in Mizzou Women’s Basketball history.
Cunningham ranks fifth in the SEC in free throw percentage (79.6) and 12th in assists (2.9). Cunningham was also named SEC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 17, Nov. 24 and Dec. 8 and Jan. 19.
The No. 24 Tigers (21-6, 8-6) return to action Thursday with a 6 p.m. CT tipoff at No. 15 Kentucky (19-6, 8-6) on SEC Network Plus/WatchESPN.