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Graves Burying the Competition

Lady Vol freshman standout Bashaara Graves has been a dominant factor in Tennessee's success this season. The 6-foot-2 Clarksville native has racked up a team-best nine double-doubles, which is third overall in the SEC,  and leads all freshmen in the league in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.7 rpg). She has been honored as SEC Freshman of the Week on four occasions this year, the most any player has been recognized this season.

Among Division I freshmen, Graves is fourth in scoring, sixth in rebounds, and second in field goal percentage (51.2 percent). Her field goal percentage is 35th overall in the nation.

Division I Freshmen Scoring (overall national rank at beginning)

118. Briahanna Jackson, UCF

15.3

141. Talia Walton, Washington

15.0

160. Lia Galdeira, Washington State

14.7

163. Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

14.6


Division I Freshman Rebounding (overall national rank at beginning)

7. Jillian Alleyne, Oregon

12.2

27. Schaquilla Nunn, Winthrop

10.6

31. Riana Byrd, San Jose State

10.3

59. Joy Adams, Iona

9.5

69. Imani McGee-Stafford, Texas

9.2

91. Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

8.7


Division I Freshman Field Goal Percentage (overall national rank at beginning)

34. Breanna Stewart, Connecticut

51.4%

35. Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

51.2%


Graves has scored in double figures in 21 of 24 games this season, and 14 of those instances were more than 15 points. She's also led the team in rebounding 13 times, more than half of the games this season.

Aside from her standout statistics, Graves has came up big for UT in close match ups this season, including making needed free throws in UT's overtime victory at Florida, and scoring the game-winning shot at LSU with .8 seconds left in the game.

Check out what media are saying about the Tennessee newcomer.

-Swish Appeal: Bashaara Graves: The fire within
-The Daily Beacon: Graves brings more than skill to Lady Vols
-WBIR: Rapid Fire: Bashaara Graves
-Associated Press: Freshman Graves emerges as force for Lady Vols
-Associated Press: Injuries leave Lady Vols weak at post;Freshmen must step forward vs. Bulldogs
-Knox News Sentinel: Responsibility is growing for Lady Vols' Bashaara Graves
-espnW: Tenn Questions with Graves

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