LSU’s Pointer rewarded for a spectacular start to the season with the SEC’s Player of Week honor

PHOTO BY: Jonathan Mailhes.

LSU guard Khayla Pointer was named the SEC women’s basketball Player of the Week after posting a triple-double and a double-double in the opening week of the season.

This is the second time in Pointer’s career she’s earned the award. The 5-foot-7 guard was named to the All-SEC Team last season and is on the Preseason Wooden Award Watchlist. She shot 53 percent from the field in the opening week, averaged 19.5 points (No. 2 in the SEC), 10.5 rebounds (No. 2 in the SEC) and 9 assists (T-No. 1 in the SEC).

Pointer, a native of Marietta, Ga., became just the third player in program history, joining Katherine Graham (2010) and Cornelia Gayden (twice in the 1994-95 season), to notch a triple-double when she did so in the season opener against Nicholls State. She scored 16 points, and had 13 assists with 11 rebounds, in her team’s victory.

She’s also one of just three active players in the SEC to have a triple-double in their career along with South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston and Tennessee’s Tamari Key.

“I got to see history too,” LSU first-year women’s coach Kim Mulkey said after the game. “I’ve had triple-doubles in my career as a head coach, but here in the first game, I’m proud of her.

“I think I found out (I was close) somewhere in the third quarter,” Pointer explained. “We were out there having fun. I honestly didn’t notice. I didn’t notice when the assists happened or the rebounds, except for when it got to the end. My teammates do a great job of making me look well. I set them up for open shots and they knock down the shots.”

Pointer followed up her opening-game performance with a double-double, the sixth of her career, in the second game of the season against FGCU. She played all 40 minutes and finished the game with 23 points and 10 rebounds, adding 5 assists in the 88-74 loss to the Eagles.

LSU travels for the first time this season with a road game Thursday at 6 p.m. against UL-Lafayette at the Cajundome.

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