SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Mercer forward Amanda Thompson has been named the Southern Conference player of the week for games played Dec. 31 to Jan. 7. The award is selected by the league office.
Thompson’s nod is her third consecutive and fourth of the season. The preseason all-conference selection and December player of the month is the first player to win Southern Conference player of the week in three straight weeks since ETSU’s Tianna Tarter did it in 2016. Tarter is also the last SoCon player to win the award four times in a single season.
The senior earned her fourth consecutive double-double, finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds in a 71-66 setback at Jacksonville on Jan. 2. Despite a four-point loss to Columbia four days later in Mercer’s nonconference finale, the native of Hayesville, North Carolina, tallied her fifth straight double-double, finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds. On the week, she shot 51.6% from the floor and also averaged 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Thompson leads the conference in rebounding (9.1 per game) and offensive rebounds (3.8 per game) and is second in steals (2.3 per game). Additionally, she is in the top 10 in scoring, field goal percentage, defensive rebounds and minutes played.
Thompson and the Bears (8-7) begin conference play on Jan.12, hosting Samford at 2 p.m.
Also nominated: Le’Jzae Davidson (Furman), Aja Boyd (UNCG) and Niyah Lutz (Wofford).
SoCon Women’s Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 13 - Chloe Wanink, Wofford, R-Jr.
Nov. 20 - KeKe Calloway, Mercer, Sr.
Nov. 27 - Jackie Carman, Wofford, Fr.
Dec. 4 – KeKe Calloway, Mercer, Sr.
Dec. 11 – Amanda Thompson, Mercer, Sr.
Dec. 18 – Nadine Soliman, UNCG, Jr.
Dec. 24 – Amanda Thompson, Mercer, Sr.
Dec. 31 – Amanda Thompson, Mercer, Sr.
Jan. 8 – Amanda Thompson, Mercer, Sr.