Antoinette Lewis has been named the Sun Belt Women's Basketball Player of the week for December 11th. It is the second consecutive week the sophomore forward from Memphis has been honored with the award.
Lewis shot 63 percent from the field and averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds per game in the University of South Alabama women's basketball team's two wins this week.
Lewis was a driving force down low as the Jags continued their unbeaten start to the season. On Wednesday afternoon, Lewis helped lead the Jags to a 72-67 non-conference road win over the University of Alabama. It marked the first time South went into Tuscaloosa and left with a win in the programs history.
It was also the Jags first road win over a SEC foe since 1986. Lewis narrowly missed her third double-double of the season as she dropped 14 points and picked up nine rebounds in the contest.
"'Nette, has really solidified that position with her low-post game. She has made teams pick their poison; if they play her one-on-one she has been really effective there," said head coach Terry Fowler. "If they come with double teams it frees up our shooters on the perimeter, so it gives us great balance."
The Jags returned home to the Mitchell Center for a Sunday afternoon game with Alabama State. After a third quarter comeback by the Lady Hornets, Lewis showed her strength and shot 6-6 from the floor to pick up 19 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter. She led the Jags in scoring and picked up five rebounds in the 77-65 win.
"She really put us on her back; and said come on, give me the ball. She was either scoring, getting fouled, or both," Fowler said. "Really just played with a lot of emotion in that quarter. Excited for her from the standpoint that she was not going to let us lose."
Lewis is the lone Jaguar to start all eight games for South this season and has been a major factor in the team's 8-0 start to the season. As of December 10th, Lewis ranks third among all of division one NCAA players with a .746 field-goal percentage, while leading the Jags in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 14.4 points and 8.3 rebounds respectively.
The team will return home to face Faulkner on December 17 in a 7 p.m. tipoff at the Mitchell Center.