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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Western Carolina’s Jewel Smalls has been named the Southern Conference women’s basketball player of the week presented by GEICO for games played Nov. 12-18, the conference announced Tuesday.

Smalls averaged 12.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, collecting two double-doubles and just missing a third on the week. She began the week by scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, both team highs, and added two assists and two steals in a 70-62 loss at USC Upstate on Nov. 12. She went 7-for-15 from the floor (46.7 percent), including 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Two days later against Campbell, the native of Roswell, Georgia, finished with another double-double, tallying 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in the 61-40 setback. She ended the week with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds against UNC Asheville on Monday, Nov. 18, narrowly missing her third double-double in the span. 

Smalls leads the league in rebounding, averaging 10.7 boards per contest, and is tied for ninth in scoring, averaging 13.0 points per game. This is the first weekly conference honor for Smalls in her career and the first for the program since Sherae Bonner in the 2016-17 season.  

Western Carolina (1-5) plays at Davidson on at 7 p.m. Wednesday with the game being broadcast on ESPN+.


Western Carolina and Davidson meet for the 55th time on Wednesday. The Wildcats lead the overall series, which included conference meetings while Davidson was in the Southern Conference, 29-25 and have won the last 10 meetings. The two teams last met Nov. 10, 2017, with Davidson defeating Western Carolina 70-57. In Davidson’s final year in the SoCon, WCU and Davidson matched up in the semi-finals of the SoCon Championships with Davidson moving on to the finals with a 74-67 victory. The last time Western Carolina defeated Davidson Jan. 5, 2011 60-48. 

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