Stanford's Jayne Appel Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

Feb. 19, 2007

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--STANFORD freshman forward Jayne Appel has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 12-18, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Appel, a native of Pleasant Hill, Calif., averaged 23.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, four assists, 1.5 blocks and two steals, solidifying her status as one of the premier post players in the Conference. On the week, she shot 55.2 percent from the field (21-of-38) and 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from the foul line as the Cardinal defeated Oregon State and Oregon on the road.

With injuries at the guard position, Appel took advantage of an increased number of touches down low and notched two double-doubles. Against Oregon State on Thursday, Appel posted career-highs of 28 points and 17 rebounds in 33 minutes during Stanford's 70-55 victory. The 17 rebounds were the most by any Cardinal player this year.

Two days later at Oregon, she was just as effective while displaying another dimension to her game. Her third double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds was impressive, but she also established career-bests with seven assists and three steals. Throw in her team-best 47th blocked shot of the year and Appel is inching closer to the single-season school record of 58 blocked shots.

For the season, Appel ranks third on the club in scoring (13.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg). She is shooting a team-high 55.2 percent from the field and has scored in double-figures 17 times. Appel has played in 26 games, all off the bench.

Stanford (23-4 overall, 15-1 Pac-10) will host UCLA on Thurs., Feb. 22 and USC on Sun., Feb. 25 and can clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title with a win against the Bruins.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Appel and the 56th all-time selection for Stanford.

ALSO NOMINATED: Briann January, ASU; Devanei Hampton, CAL; Eleanor Haring, ORE; Casey Nash, OSU; Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Shay Murphy, USC; Cameo Hicks, WASH.

2006-07 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 20- Ashley Walker, CAL; Nov. 27- Chloé Kerr, USC; Dec. 4- Cameo Hicks, WASH; Dec. 11- Ashley Walker, CAL; Dec. 18- Cameo Hicks, WASH; Dec. 26- Danielle Orsillo, ASU; Jan. 1- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Jan. 8- Dymond Simon, ASU; Jan. 15- Devanei Hampton, CAL; Jan. 22- Ashley Walker, CAL; Jan. 29- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Feb. 5- Tamika Nurse, ORE; Feb. 12- Aubree Johnson, ASU; Feb. 19- Jayne Appel, STAN.

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