– Taylor Sutton
has been named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week for the second time after leading a riveting road rally at Troy in the team's only game last week.
Sutton, the daughter of Arthur and Melisha, poured in a career-high 25 points to lead the Lady Raiders back from an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit. In fact, Sutton scored 14 of her 25 in the decisive fourth quarter. The 25 points are the 10th
most by a C-USA player this season and the most by a freshman.
The Atlanta, Ga., native connected on 4-of-7 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throws. Sutton connected on seven total field goals for her sixth double-figure scoring game in nine outings. She also tied her career high with four assists.
"That was a crazy game and such an exciting game to win," Sutton said. "Troy is a really good team so to be able to battle back and get that road win was great. I am just glad to be able to assist in our team getting the win."
Trailing 64-53 with less than four minutes remaining, Sutton's 3-pointer with 2:45 remaining began the comeback as it cut the deficit to 64-56. After a defensive stop, Sutton was fouled in the action of shooting a 3-pointer and nailed all three charity tosses to cut the lead to 64-59 with 2:23 remaining.
Sutton would add two more points on free throws on Middle Tennessee's next possession. She scored eight straight points to narrow the Troy lead to three in the final 1:28.
"Our young ladies refused to quit," Lady Raider Head Coach Rick Insell
said. "We have asked a great deal of Taylor as a freshman and she continues to grow. Taylor Sutton
stepped up big time in that comeback at Troy, but that is what big-time players do."
Overall, this is the 65th
conference player of the week winner under Head Coach Rick Insell
with 27 coming in Conference USA and 38 in the Sun Belt.
C-USA weekly awards are presented by Top of the World and selected by a 14-person voting panel.