Nov. 19, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A day after being named SEC Player of the Week, Ariel Massengale has moved on to national awards. On Tuesday, the junior Lady Vol point guard was named NCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week.
Massengale, a 5-foot-7 native of Bolingbrook, Ill., helped the Lady Vols go 3-0 on the week, leading them in scoring in two of those contests. Her efforts were rewarded with her first-ever SEC Player of the Week honor on Monday. A day later, she picked up her first-ever national POTW accolade from the NCAA.
The UT floor general averaged 15.0 points, 5.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals per contest for the Lady Vols last week. They upped their record to 4-0 on the season with victories over No. 12/11 North Carolina as well as Chattanooga and Georgia Tech, teams that were receiving votes in the polls. Massengale shot .563 percent from the three-point line (9-16), .448 from the field (13-29) and .769 from the charity stripe (10-13).
Against UNC, Massengale scorched the nets with a career-high 20 points, draining five of nine three-pointers to spur the Lady Vols to a key road victory. The Big Orange floor general also contributed seven assists, six rebounds and three steals while playing all 40 minutes.
Massengale also led Tennessee in scoring with 16 points to go with five assists, two rebounds and a steal vs. Chattanooga. She closed out the week with nine points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals vs. Georgia Tech.
For the season, Massengale paces Tennessee with 14.3 points per game and averages of 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals.
Next up for this week's SEC honoree and her teammates is a 2 p.m. non-conference tilt on Nov. 24 vs. Oakland. The game will not be televised, but it will be streamed live on UTSports.com.
Tennessee will enter that game ranked No. 3 by Associated Press and No. 4 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll. That marks a flip-flop of the rankings from last Monday, when the Lady Vols were rated #4/3.