Jan. 6, 2003
South Carolina senior Jocelyn Penn earned her second Southeastern Conference Player of the Week award Monday for her record-breaking performances against Stetson and South Carolina State last Saturday and Tuesday, respectively.
On Saturday, Penn broke the University of South Carolina single-game scoring record and tied the SEC all-time scoring mark [set by Patricia Roberts in 1977 (Tennessee vs. Kentucky] with her 51 points against Stetson. She also grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and made six steals.
She is the last player in the NCAA to score 50+ points since Jackie Stiles accomplished the feat in 2000.
Penn is also one of only two players in NCAA history to score 50+ points twice in one season (Patricia Haskins of Mississippi Valley-1989).
Earlier in the week, Penn became South Carolina’s all-time leader in career steals as she recorded her 299th steal Tuesday night against South Carolina State on New Year’s Eve.
Now with 305 career thefts, Penn ranks 11th all-time among SEC players, with only 45 steals separating her from the SEC steals leader, Neisa Johnson from Alabama (350).
In the Gamecocks’ two games last week, Penn averaged 35 points, 10.5 rebounds and five steals per game. She is second in the nation in scoring at 28.3 points per game.
She earned her first ever SEC Player of the Week honor just a month ago on December 9th after her performances in USC’s victories over Georgia Southern and Wofford on December 3rd and 4th, respectively. During the two contests, the Naismith candidate averaged 38 points, 11 rebounds and over four steals per contest. Penn tied the South Carolina all-time record with 50 points against Wofford last Wednesday as she connected on 22-of-28 of her field goal attempts (78.6%) after starting the game on a 10-for-10 tear.