Cory Montgomery (Nebraska) was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week while Whitney Hand (Oklahoma) and Sydney Carter (Texas A&M) have been selected co-Freshmen of the Week by a media voting panel for games of Nov. 24-30. All three picked up their first career weekly honor.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week
Cory Montgomery, Nebraska, F, Jr., Cannon Falls, Minn.
Cory Montgomery averaged 19.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in three contests for the Huskers last week. She hit 21-of-47 shots from the field while knocking down 16-of-22 free throws. Montgomery recorded her second career double-double with a career-high 22 points and matched her career-best with 11 rebounds in a 67-54 win over Butler in the first round of the New Mexico Tournament. The junior forward added team highs of 17 points and eight rebounds against UNM to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Montgomery opened the week with 20 points and nine rebounds in a 76-55 victory at Denver.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Co-Freshmen of the Week
Whitney Hand, Oklahoma, G, Fr., Fort Worth, Texas
Whitney Hand was Oklahoma’s second-leading scorer last week, averaging 16.5 points in a win over Marist and a loss at No. 1 Connecticut. The Fort Worth, Texas, native shot 52.4 percent from the field, including a 54.5 percent success rate on three-pointers. Against Marist, Hand led the Sooners in scoring with 20 points after connecting on 7-of-12 field goals, including a 3-for-6 performance from three-point range. She was also 3-of-3 from the free throw line, had three rebounds and a career-high three steals. The freshman scored 13 points vs. UConn for the first back-to-back double-digit scoring games of her career. She was also credited with two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Sydney Carter, Texas A&M, G, Fr., DeSoto, Texas
Sydney Carter came off the bench to help No. 5 Texas A&M to road wins at Arizona and Pepperdine. She had a career-high 17 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc and 8-of-9 makes from the free throw line in a career-high 22 minutes of action versus Pepperdine. Carter helped lead the Aggies to the Timeout 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament title and was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts. She also scored her first career points as an Aggie on a three-pointer at the 9:05 minute mark of the first half at Arizona and ended the night with six points in just nine minutes of action. For the week she ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 8.7 points. The rookie guard had a team-best 71.4 percent accuracy from the floor including a team-high 5-of-6 three-pointers.