Cardoso Grabs Weekly Honors
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina women’s basketball senior center Kamilla Cardoso was named SEC Player of the Week honors from the SEC and one of five Ann Meyers-Drysdale National Players of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Cardoso figured prominently in the Gamecocks’ two top-15 victories that opened the season and propelled them in the AP Poll No. 1 position.
Cardoso was the Gamecocks’ top scorer and rebounder as they opened the season with a pair of top-15 victories with a scoring margin of +33.5. The senior center averaged a double-double for the week, shooting 66.7 percent from the field.
In the season opener against #10/10 Notre Dame, Cardoso turned in the program’s first 20-point, 15-rebound effort since Aliyah Boston surpassed those marks in the 2022 NCAA Final Four game against Louisville. Cardoso, who also blocked four shots in the game, pulled down 10 of her 15 boards in the first half, including eight in the second quarter as the Gamecocks dominated the period 24-8. She scored 13 of her 20 points in the third quarter, including eight in the first four minutes of the period.
In the Gamecocks’ home opener against #14/11 Maryland, Cardoso was a steadying force on the inside with 12 points to keep the defense in the lane for the Gamecocks’ 3-point shooters.
In SEC awards, Cardoso was joined by Auburn’s Savannah Scott as the league’s Freshman of the Week. From the USBWA, the other four selections for Ann Meyers-Drysdale National Players of the Week were Caitlin Clark (Iowa), Saniya Rivers (NC State), Kiki Ifiafen (Stanford) and Liza Karlen (Marquette).
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