Grant named National Player of the Week

February 7, 2012 

Markeshia Grant

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University of South Carolina senior guard Markeshia Grant earned National Player of the Week honors from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association today. Her selection as SEC Player of the Week made her eligible for the national award this week.

Grant’s prolific 3-point shooting headlined the Gamecock offense in the program’s first win over Tennessee in Knoxville last Thursday night. Her seven 3s were a career high and two short of the school record. She finished the game with a career-high 27 points and two steals.

Grant hit the first of her 3s in the game’s first minute and piled up 15 of the team’s 29 first-half points. She capped her scoring with a 3-pointer in transition that brought the Gamecocks within two points with 3:59 to play. Grant finished the game shooting 7-of-12 from behind the arc and 10-of-21 overall.

Over the last four games, Grant has shot 44.4 percent from 3-point range to move into 11th in the SEC in 3-point percentage in league games and second in 3-pointers made per conference contest (2.1). She has made 4.0 3-pointers per game during that stretch as well to average 18.0 points per game.

Last week’s win was the Gamecocks’ fourth straight in league play, the longest since 2005-06, and the first over Tennessee since January 1980. The team’s 18 wins this season matches the most of the Staley era, and the Gamecocks have six regular-season games left on the schedule.

South Carolina is back in action on Thu., Feb, 9, at Arkansas before returning to Colonial Life Arena for a 5 p.m. tipoff against Florida on Sun., Feb. 12.

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