Holmes earns national honor following double-double performances


Freshman forward/guard Joyner Holmes was named espnW National Player of the Week on Monday for her double-double performances in Texas’ victories over then-No. 2 Baylor and Kansas last week.

The Longhorns jumped to No. 8 in the AP poll following the two wins, while the Lady Bears’ loss dropped them to No. 4.

The five-time Big 12 Freshman of the Week led the Longhorns in scoring and rebounding over the two-game stretch, averaging 16.5 points and 11.5 boards.

Holmes leads all Big 12 freshman in scoring, rebounding and double-doubles with seven on the season.

She willed Texas to a 85-79 upset in Waco, finishing with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Holmes ignited the Longhorns after the Bears stormed back to knot things up at 79-79 with 59 seconds remaining. Holmes sunk a layup to regain Texas’ lead and nailed two clutch free throws on the following possession to seal the triumph. The Longhorn victory snapped Baylor’s 54-game home winning streak.

In Saturday’s 75-42 win against Kansas, Holmes connected for 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, capping off her second-straight double-double.