Jan. 24, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky's Jennifer O’Neill (Bronx, N.Y.) was named the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Week, the league office in Birmingham, Ala., announced Monday.
O’Neill, a 5-foot-6 guard, received the honor after averaging 12.5 points in only 21.5 minutes per game during UK's two wins last week. She came off the bench to notch a career-high 15 points vs. Florida, helping UK secure its first conference road win of the season and first win in Gainesville since 2006. O’Neill scored five-straight points in the final four minutes to spark a Wildcat comeback after trailing 10 points with just 5:29 remaining in the game. She followed that performance with 10 points in a reserve role vs. Vanderbilt, helping UK extend its conference win streak to four games.
In SEC play, O’Neill is UK's fourth-leading scorer, averaging 8.2 points per game. The Bronx, N.Y. native, has scored in double digits three consecutive games dating back to an 11-point performance against Mississippi State.
This is the sixth year the SEC has recognized a Freshman of the Week award. The weekly award marks UK's 10th overall SEC Freshman of the Week, including its second in a row. Guard Bernisha Pinkett (Washington, D.C.) earned the honor last week.
The Cats (15-4, 4-2 SEC) hit the road for their next two games, traveling to Ole Miss on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 9 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast live on FSN and aired on the Big Blue Sports Radio Network with Neil Price.