Former Lady Gator Welch earns SEC honor

  • Thursday, February 13, 2014

Former Goose Creek High School standout and current South Carolina junior forward Aleighsa Welch earned SEC Co-Player of the Week honors, the league office announced Monday.

Sharing the honor with Florida’s Kayla Lewis, Welch led the Lady Gamecocks in scoring and rebounding and was second in assists and blocks over the two wins that kept South Carolina atop the SEC standings.

Welch powered South Carolina to a hard-fought win at Mississippi State as other offensive producers were saddled with foul trouble early in the game.

She had 18 points and 11 rebounds against the Lady Bulldogs.

In Sunday’s win over Arkansas, Welch’s defense was impressive, posting a career-high five blocked shots while lead the offense with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

For the week, Welch averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots.

Rising to No. 5 in this week’s Associated Press poll, the Lady Gamecocks are on the road for their next two games, beginning Sun., Feb. 16, at No. 19 LSU.

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