Scott named SEC freshman of the week

Arkansas guard Taliah Scott (0) drives the ball, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, during the second half of an 81-67 victory over Central Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas guard Taliah Scott has been named SEC freshman of the week, the league office announced Tuesday.

Scott leads the SEC in scoring with 24.6 points per game, which ranks eighth in Division I. Her scoring average is second most in the nation among players who have played at least five games, trailing only Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark (31 ppg).

"In a year where there's lots of great freshmen — not only in our league but across the country — it's been kind of fun to follow," Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors said Tuesday. "But she's obviously off to a great start. 

"You know, the scoring numbers jump off the chart at you, but y'all have seen enough to know that she's impacted on both ends, offensively and defensively."

The freshman from Orange Park, Fla., has led the Razorbacks in scoring each game and scored a season-high 34 points last Friday during an 82-67 victory at Arkansas State. She also scored 18 points against Arkansas-Little Rock and 17 points against Central Arkansas within the past week.

Scott is 43 of 89 (48.3%) from the floor through five games. Her 33 free throw makes are most in the SEC, and she has made her last 13 attempts from the foul line. Scott is 86.4% on free throws — which ranks fourth in the SEC — while attempting the second most shots (38) from the stripe in the league.

Scott became the third Arkansas player to win the award over the past three seasons. Saylor Poffenbarger earned freshman of the week honors five times in 2022-23 and Samara Spencer won the award four times in 2021-22 en route to winning SEC freshman of the year.

 The Razorbacks are 5-0 and are scheduled to face Wisconsin in the Fort Myers (Fla.) Tip-Off on Friday at 1 p.m.