The Southeastern Conference has announced that Missouri freshman guard Sophie Cunningham, junior forward Jordan Frericks, and freshman forward Cierra Porter have earned awards based on voting by the 14 league coaches.
Cunningham, out of Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, has been named the SEC Freshman of the Year, the first such honor in MU program history. She was also named second-team All-SEC and a member of the All-Freshman team.
Frericks, out of Quincy, Illinois, was named second-team all-SEC for the second straight year, while Porter, a native of Columbia, Missouri, earned All-Freshman team honors.
Cunningham is in the midst of a spectacular freshman season at Mizzou. The former McDonald’s All-American is averaging a team-best 13.8 points per game, becoming only the second freshman in Mizzou history to score over 400 points in her freshman season. She ranks 10th in the SEC in total points, and has started all 29 games for the Tigers.
Frericks’ 7.9 rebounds per contest rank her seventh in the SEC in that statistic. At 12.3 points per game, Jordan is 12th in the SEC in that stat, and on February 21st, in a victory at Auburn, the junior became the 33rd member of Missouri’s 1000 point club.
Porter is third in scoring (9.4 ppg) and in rebounding (5.6 rpg) for Mizzou. She has scored in double figures 14 times, including a pair of games over 20 points.
Missouri (21-8, 8-8) has the #8 seed in the SEC Tournament, and will play #9 Auburn at 11 AM Thursday on the SEC Network from Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.