Vanderbilt center Stephanie Holzer was named the Southeastern Conference’s player of the week, the league announced on Monday.
The 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman averaged 23 points and six rebounds off the bench in wins against LSU and at Florida last week. It was the second league honor for Holzer, who was also named SEC freshman of the week back in November.
Holzer scored 23 points and was 10-of-17 from the field in a season-high 29 minutes in a 55-50 victory over LSU on Thursday. She dropped 23 again on Sunday against Florida, making 10 of 14 before fouling out in the first overtime of a 103-97 double overtime victory. She also had nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal — this after grabbing three rebounds, picking up two steals and blocking one shot on Thursday.
Holzer, a native of Newton Square, Pa., now has four 20-plus point performances in her young career. She is averaging 12.2 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds. Holzer is making 57.1 percent of her shots, which is second on the team behind only senior Hannah Tuomi.
Vanderbilt (16-7, 7-3 SEC) returns to action with a 6 p.m. tip-off at Georgia on Thursday.
• Vanderbilt's men stay ranked: Belmont gets more votes: The Vanderbilt men’s basketball team did not drop out of the Associated Press Top 25 rankings, instead staying put at No. 23.
The Commodores (16-6, 4-4) lost 65-61 in overtime to Florida on Tuesday but bounced back with a 78-60 win against South Carolina on Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium. Vanderbilt avenged an earlier road loss to the Gamecocks, which rallied in early January for an 83-75 overtime victory.
The Commodores continue their homestand with a game against Alabama at 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Belmont received five votes in the poll, two more than last week. The Bruins (22-4, 14-1 Atlantic Sun) have won four straight since a 73-64 road loss to rival Lipscomb on Jan. 25. Belmont edged out two wins on the road this past week, winning 76-70 at Jacksonville on Thursday and defeating North Florida 69-67 at North Florida.
Belmont doesn’t play again until Saturday, when it travels Buies Creek, N.C., to play Campbell at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.