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Arkansas's Poffenbarger named SEC Freshman of the Week

The Arkansas Razorbacks guard was instrumental in the Razorbacks' 3-0 weekend at the Paradise Jam.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — University of Arkansas guard Saylor Poffenbarger is the SEC women's basketball Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.

Poffenbarger's first career weekly honor comes after the Razorbacks' finished 3-0 at the Paradise Jam over the weekend, which finished with the Reef Tournament Championship. The redshirt freshman played an integral role, averaging 12.3 points, a team-leading 6.7 rebounds, three assists, and one steal per game.

The transfer from Connecticut scored a career-high 15 points and pulled in a team-high nine rebounds in a 76-62 victory against Clemson. In the 69-53 championship-sealing win over No. 25 Kansas State, Poffenbarger recorded a team-high and career-best six assists, while holding Wildcats guard Gaby Gregory, who is a top 10 scorer in the nation, to just five points.

Through eight games this season, Poffenbarfer is averaging 7.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while logging nine total blocks, and 17 assists. The Middletown, Maryland native has also recorded three double-digit scoring games and has grabbed more than five rebounds in all eight contests.

This marks the second consecutive year head coach Mike Neighbors has had a student-athlete honored as SEC Freshman of the Week.

Arkansas women's basketball is off to an 8-0 start to the season, marking the best start during the Neighbors era. The start also matches a best for the program since 2016. 

Arkansas returns to action on Thursday with a home game against Troy at 7 p.m.

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