From the Sun Belt Conference
South Alabama's Sarda Peterson has been named this week's Sun Belt Conference women's basketball player of the week as announced Monday.
Led by the play Peterson, USA was able to win both of their Sun Belt Conference games this past week and extend its win streak to a season-best four games. For the week, Peterson averaged 23.0 points per game and shot 56 percent (14-of-25) from the field and 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from the arc in 33.5 minutes of action on the court. She was also a perfect 8-for8 at the charity stripe.
In USA's 72-68 victory at Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday night, Peterson exploded for 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including a season-high five three-pointers. She was also a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line, including hitting all four of her attempts with under a minute to play to help the Lady Jags hold on for the four-point road victory, their first since November. With her five three-pointers versus the Ragin' Cajuns, she moved into a tie for second place with former Jag Shakira Nettles on the program's career three-pointer list.
On Saturday, Peterson followed that performance up with another 23-point effort on 8-of-14 shooting, including another five more treys against Troy. With USA trailing by seven in the first half, Peterson hit three-straight three-pointers to ignite a 14-2 run, which gave the Lady Jags the lead for good. She began the run with a pair of treys to cut the deficit to one and then after a Trojan basket, nailed another to tie the game up at 21-21. During the run, Peterson posted 11 of her 13 first-half points. In the second half, the senior guard added two more treys during another South Alabama run that helped extend USA's lead out to 18. After the Trojans were able to cut the deficit to five with under a minute to play, Peterson sealed the seven-point victory with a pair of free throws with 22.9 seconds to go. With her five three-pointers she moved past Nettles for second place. She now has 151 for her career.
Over the last four games, Peterson has returned to her all-conference form hitting 15 of her 27 attempts from beyond the arc. The back-to-back 23-point outings, marked the first time that she has posted back-to-back 20-point games in her career.