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Jan. 18, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina center Kelsey Bone (Houston, Texas/Dulles) earned her second SEC Freshman of the Week honor of the season today after helping the Gamecocks to a pair of victories last week. Shooting 65.4 percent from the field, Bone averaged 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds during the two-game week as South Carolina topped Kentucky and Auburn at Colonial Life Arena.

“The Auburn game was probably one of Kelsey’s best performances of the season because of the way she scored,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. “She was able to slow down a little bit, evaluate what was on the floor and then react. She’s been playing at a good pace the last few games, and we look for her to continue doing that.”

Falling one rebound shy of a double-double in each game last week, Bone’s 23 points against Kentucky led all scorers. She hit 11-of-14 from the field to finish with the second-most field goals by a freshman in South Carolina history. Additionally, she helped limit UK’s Victoria Dunlap to just 10 points and six rebounds. Against Auburn, Bone scored eight of her 15 points in the first four Gamecock possessions of the second half, giving South Carolina a double-digit lead that it would not relinquish for the rest of the game.

Bone’s contributions have the Gamecocks riding a three-game SEC win streak, the first by the program since the 2005-06 season. South Carolina will put that string on the line Thu., Jan. 21, at LSU.