Weekly performance awards pile up for Vanderbilt's Tiffany Clarke

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 2:18pm

After a pair of monster games, Tiffany Clarke collected a pair of weekly awards on Monday.

The Vanderbilt senior was named ESPNW’s national player of the week and the Southeastern Conference player of the week. The honors come after Clarke averaged 28 points last week in wins at Florida and against No. 10 Texas A&M.

A 6-foot forward from Duluth, Ga., she started her week with 26 points and seven rebounds against Florida on Thursday. She made 10 of 16 shots against the Gators and also blocked four shots.

On Sunday against the Aggies, she scored 22 of her career-high 30 points in the second half and grabbed seven rebounds. She also attempted 25 shots — the sixth-most in school history and most by a Vanderbilt player since 2005. She also helped contain the SEC’s third-leading scorer, Kelsey Bone, who made just six of 18 shots.

“She came off a great game where she turned it up against Florida,” coach Melanie Balcomb said. “Against [Florida forward] Jennifer George she really competed. Then I think that confidence she built from that game carried over to compete against Kelsey Bone like she did. She did it for 40 minutes on both ends of the floor. That was one of the best, I think, post-play games I’ve had here [in 11 years as coach].”

Heading into the final week of regular-season play, Clarke ranks in the top five in the SEC in four categories. She averages 16.4 points (fourth), 8.1 rebounds (tied for fifth), 1.5 blocks (fifth) and is shooting 53.9 percent from the field (third).