After leading South Carolina to a pair of wins over ranked opponents, senior guard Ty Harris and forward Aliyah Boston captured SEC Player and Freshman of the Week recognition, respectively, the league office announced earlier this week. It’s Harris’s second selection in the last three weeks and Boston’s fifth this season.
Harris and Boston were also among 30 players named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy for Women’s Player of the Year Midseason Team, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced. Harris was on the award’s preseason list the last two seasons but made her debut on the midseason team, while it’s Boston’s first recognition by the committee.
Harris averaged 14 points and eight assists over the two games, notching her 10th career double-double with a 19-point, 11-assist effort against No. 5 UConn on Monday night, putting her hands on 67.1 percent of the Gamecocks’ offense.
She leads the SEC in assists per game (5.5) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6), including a turnover-free 40 minutes against the Huskies. She posted six points and six assists in the second quarter alone and had a personal 10-2 run to close the first and open the second quarter against the Huskies. In Thursday’s game at No. 25 Arkansas she had six points, five assists and four rebounds in the first half to guide the Gamecocks to a 13-point halftime advantage.
Boston netted her ninth and 10th double-doubles of the season last week, her fourth back-to-back double-double outings of the season. In her first consecutive double-doubles against ranked opponents, she averaged 15.5 points and 13.5 rebounds, including 6.0 offensive rebounds per game, and blocked 4.5 shots per game.
Boston dominated at No. 25 Arkansas, scoring 10 of her 18 points against the Razorbacks off her offensive rebounds and nearly reaching her double-double by halftime (12 pts/9 rebounds). Her seven blocks against the Razorbacks was one shy of the program’s record for blocks in an SEC game.
Against No. 5 UConn, Boston reeled in nine of her 12 rebounds in the first quarter as the Gamecock defense, which included her two blocks and two steals, allowed just two points on 1-of-16 shooting in the opening period.