Vanderbilt forward Hannah Tuomi was named the Southeastern Conference’s co-player of the week, the league announced Monday.
It is the first time Tuomi, a 6-foot senior from Thornton, Colo., has received the award. It also marked the first time in more than a year that a Commodore garnered player of the week honors (Merideth Marsh on Nov. 30, 2009).
Tuomi shared the honor with Kentucky’s Victoria Dunlap, a Brentwood Academy graduate. The 6-foot-1 senior scored 30 points against Tennessee Tech last Tuesday and had 26 against Tennessee-Chattanooga on Sunday. Tuomi averaged 22 points and eight rebounds and set career-highs in points and rebounds in two Vanderbilt wins last week.
Last Tuesday against Southern Illinois, she scored a career-high 29 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. She was just shy of becoming the first Commodore to score 30 points in a game since Carla Thomas did so in 2006.
On Thursday against Tennessee-Martin, Tuomi recorded her second double-double of the season when she scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds. She was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor.
Tuomi leads Vanderbilt in scoring (15.6 points per game) and rebounding (6.9 rebounds per game). Her 70.8 percent shooting from the field ranks among the best in the NCAA. Prior to last week, she was third in the country in that category through seven games.
The Commodores (6-3) don’t play again until Sunday when they travel to Pittsburgh to play Duquesne.