Jan. 24, 2011
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - After leading the Tennessee women's basketball team to a pair of road victories last week, junior forward/guard Shekinna Stricklen was named the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week on Monday.
Stricklen averaged 18.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg, while playing 35.5 mpg in victories at South Carolina and Auburn.
Against the Gamecocks on Thursday, Stricklen played in the post, on the wing and at the point, and recorded her third double double in four games with a season-high-tying 18 points and a career-best 16 rebounds in the 71-56 win.
Three days later, the 6-2 native of Morrilton, Ark., scored 18 points again, while grabbing six boards to lead Tennessee to a 73-53 victory over the Tigers. She started off red hot, making five of her first six field goal attempts and scoring 12 points before 10 minutes had even elapsed in the game.
On the season, Stricklen is averaging 11.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg, while being the only Lady Vol to start all 21 contests. She became the 35th Lady Vol to score 1,000 career points on Dec. 22 versus ETSU.
Stricklen beat out a host of start Lady Vols from other sports for this week's honor.
Also nominated for the award were Jackie Areson, of the Tennessee track and field team, Kelsey Floyd of the swimming and diving squad and tennis player Natalie Pluskota.
Areson won the mile run at the Hokie Invitational over the weekend with the fifth-best mark in the country, Floyd captured a pair of victories against Georgia on Saturday, breaking her own UT and AJIAC record in the 200y fly in the process, and Pluskota won her No. 1 singles match to lead Tennessee past No. 25 Illinois, 4-3.