The future is bright for Southeast Missouri State basketball on both the men’s and women’s side. This week, a pair of Redhawks brought home both adidas® OVC Freshman of the Week awards. Guard Tesia Thompson won the award for the women, while Ledarrius Brewer was a unanimous selection for the men.
It’s only the second time ever that Southeast has swept both the men’s and women’s OVC Freshman of the Week award in the same week – the last and only other time was 1992.
It’s the third Freshman of the Week award this season for Thompson, which is the second most by any freshman in the OVC this season. The Memphis, Tenn. native led Southeast to wins over Eastern Illinois and SIUE. On the week, Thompson averaged 15.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals on 54% shooting in two starts. The two victories helped clinch a berth in the OVC Tournament for the Redhawk women, ensuring they’ll finish with no lower than the no. 7 seed in the bracket.
On the season, Thompson ranks ninth in the OVC and first among freshman in scoring (15.1 ppg), 15th in field goal percentage (.441) and 14th in offensive rebounds per game (2.2).
Brewer’s Freshman of the Week award was his first of the season, and he was also this week's College Sports Madness OVC Player of the Week. A native of Meridian, Mississippi, had a gigantic week averaging 29.5 points per game en route to leading SEMO to a pair of wins.
Brewer began the week by pouring in a career-high 34 points and buried seven 3-pointers in an 80-73 victory over Eastern Illinois on Thursday, and then followed that up with a 25 point performance on Saturday as SEMO held off SIUE, 79-74.
The Redhawks basketball teams return to the Show Me Center tomorrow for their final games of the regular season. The women will tip-off vs. UT Martin at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4:15. Redhawk seniors will be honored before tip-off of each game, and former Redhawk Antonius Cleveland will also be on-hand for a special recognition ceremony.
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