Co-Athletes of the Week: Andrew Taylor, men’s basketball; Savannah Wheeler, women’s basketball

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ABOUT ANDREW TAYLOR:

Position: Guard

Class: Redshirt Freshman

Height: 6’3

Hometown: Corbin, KY

RESULTS OVER THE LAST WEEK:

14 points, 5 assists, 4 steals, 3 rebounds @ FIU (84-74, W)

25 points, 3 steals, 2 assists, 4 three-pointers @ Florida

Atlantic (91-73, L)

Taylor’s performance was enough to earn him Conference USA Freshman of the Week on Monday, the second time this season he has earned that distinction. Over the two-game road stand, he averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game, all above his season average. He also managed to shoot 42% from both the field and behind the arc. 

On the season, Taylor has played in only 14 games after sitting out the first nine games awaiting NCAA approval on immediate eligibility. 

Although he has played in fewer games than his teammates, he is tied for the second most made three-pointers with 25. He also leads the team in 3-point percentage at 37%. 

ABOUT SAVANNAH WHEELER:

Position: Guard

Class: Freshman

Height: 5’6

Hometown: Catlettsburg, KY 

RESULTS OVER THE LAST WEEK:

22 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals vs. FIU (68-65, L)

25 points, 4 assists, 4 three-pointers, 2 steals vs. Florida 

Atlantic (85-75, W)

Since conference play began, Wheeler has been in a bit of a 3-point shooting slump, hitting just around 19% of her three-pointers. But in this two-game stretch, she was able to find her shooting stroke again, knocking down 47% of her shots from deep.

In the matchup with FIU, she was able to set a career high in points with 22. Two days later, she broke that career high with 25 points against Florida Atlantic. 

In both games, Wheeler thrived at the free-throw line, where she has been rock-solid all season long. She shot a combined 10-12 at the line, including going 7-8 against FIU.

On the season, she leads the team in points per game, free-throw percentage and assists per game.