Shannon Howell Named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Jan. 5, 2004

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon State University junior guard Shannon Howell was named Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 29-Jan. 4, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced on Monday.

Howell, from Los Angeles, CA, averaged 19.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 steals in a trio of Oregon State Pac-10 victories as the Beavers topped California (Dec. 29), UCLA (Jan. 2), and USC (Jan. 4). In the three games, she hit 27-of-35 free throws (.771), and shot a combined .359 from the field (14-of-39).

In the 70-67 road win over the Golden Bears on Dec. 29, Howell reached double figures in scoring for the second straight game with 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds, helping OSU break a seven-game Pac-10 road losing skid. In her Corvallis debut, Howell scored a team-high 22 points and dished out four assists to lead the Beavers past UCLA, 82-68, on Jan. 2. She led the Beavers in scoring again on Jan. 4 with 24 points - breaking the Oregon State record for free throws made in a game (15) - as OSU knocked off USC, 72-67.

Howell, a transfer from the University of Nebraska, became eligible due to NCAA Division I transfer rules on Dec. 27, 2003, and is averaging 22.5 points and four boards per game since.

Oregon State is riding a three-game winning streak and is off to its best start in conference play since the 1995-96 season.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Howell's career and the 50th all-time selection for Oregon State. The Beavers captured back-to-back Player of the Week honorees, as senior guard Leilani Estavan was recognized for her efforts from Dec. 15-21.

OSU travels to rival Oregon for a Civil War match-up on Saturday night.

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