FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Lauren Brooks and Northwestern State’s Jensen Howell are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.Brooks pushed the Bears (16-9, 3-0 SLC) to a 3-1 week and a perfect start to league play after racking up a team-best seven RBI to go along with a double and a home run. The senior catcher went 4-for-5 from the plate in order to secure a .800 batting average against the Cardinals and her first Hitter of the Week honor this season.Howell capped a bright start for the Lady Demons (15-7, 3-0 SLC), dealing 19 innings of work and a trio of complete-game victories last week. The junior righty gave up just six hits, while sitting down 22 batters over the three-game stretch. She limited opponents to a .085 batting average and allowed only two runs for a 0.74 earned-run average. The award marks the first of the season for Howell.Softball Hitter of the Week – Lauren Brooks, Central Arkansas – C – Sr. – Placentia, Calif.Brooks had an impressive weekend to open up Southland play for the Bears, going 4-for-5 at the plate and tabbing seven RBI against UIW. Two of her four hits went for extra bases as the senior recorded a double and home run for an .800 batting average and a 1.600 slugging percentage.Honorable Mention: Cori McCrary, McNeese; Samantha Dares, Nicholls; Marisa Arriaga, Stephen F. Austin; Sammi Thomas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Jensen Howell, Northwestern State – RHP – Jr. – Pollock, La.Howell was dominant in the first week of league play, posting three complete-game wins with one shutout and two total runs allowed. She gave up just six hits all week, claiming a pair of wins against Sam Houston State. Howell struck out a career-high 10 batters at Grambling and followed up with 12 more throughout the series against the Bearkats.Honorable Mention: Alexsandra Flores, McNeese; Jordan Moon, Nicholls; MC Comeaux, Southeastern Louisiana; Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.