Mitchell and Pointer Named All-SEC; Aifuwa All-Defensive Team
BATON ROUGE – Three LSU women’s basketball student-athletes received All-SEC honors today as announced by the league office. Redshirt senior Ayana Mitchell and junior Khayla Pointer were named to the All-SEC Second Team, while redshirt junior Faustine Aifuwa was selected to the SEC’s All-Defensive Team.
For Mitchell, a forward from Conyers, Georgia, this is her second season in a row to earn accolades from the league’s head coaches. Mitchell averaged 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game before having her season cut short on February 2 with a knee injury. Her 67.9 field goal percentage still leads the league and ranks third in the nation. She posted nine double-doubles in 22 games played and became just the fifth LSU player to record 1,000 career points and 900 career rebounds. Mitchell was recently named to the SEC Community Service Team and is one of 10 finalists for the Katrina McClain Award. This season she was also on watch lists for the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy.
Pointer, a guard from Marietta, Georgia, leads LSU with 14.6 points and 4.8 assists per game. She has been the ironwoman of the team averaging 32.9 minutes per game, including a stretch in early February of three consecutive 40-minute games. She is the top free throw shooter on the team with a 70.9 percentage from the charity stripe and leads the team with 2.2 steals per game. Pointer earned her 900th career point on March 1 and dished out her 300th career assist on February 13.
Aifuwa, a center from Dacula, Georgia, is LSU’s top shot blocker with 2.1 per game and top rebounder since the injury to Mitchell with 8.1 rebounds per game. She leads the team in defensive rebounds with 5.7 per game. She is currently the second leading scorer among active players with 10.8 points per game. Earlier in the season, Aifuwa became LSU’s eighth player to record 100 career blocked shots, while recently earning her 700th career point and 500th career rebound.
LSU begins SEC Tournament play on Thursday, March 5 at 5 p.m. CT against Florida at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.
For the full listing of 2020 SEC Women’s Basketball honors, go to SECsports.com.
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