California Junior Ashley Walker Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week

Jan. 14, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- CALIFORNIA junior forward/center Ashley Walker has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 7-13, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Walker, a native of Modesto, Calif., averaged 21.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in leading the Golden Bears to their sixth and seventh consecutive victories.

With the Golden Bears looking for a catalyst in the second half as they trailed Oregon on Thursday, Walker stepped up with 17 second half points and five rebounds to help the Bears rally from a 29-23 deficit with 17:19 remaining in the game for a 61-52 win.

Walker returned Saturday to once again lead the Bears with a game-high 17 points as California cruised to a 61-45 victory over Oregon State.

California (15-2, 6-0) sits atop the Pac-10 with one more Conference victory than Arizona State (11-5, 5-0). Only one team will remain undefeated as the Bears take on the Sun Devils in the desert Thurs., Jan 17. California then travels to Arizona to face the Wildcats in a Fox Sports Net televised game, Sat., Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. PT.

The Player of the Week honor is the fifth of Walker's career, second among active players behind only Candice Wiggins' seven selections. It is the third of the year and 30th all-time selection for California.

ALSO NOMINATED: Briann January, ASU; Jayne Appel, STAN; Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA; Sami Whitcomb, WASH; Jasmine Williams, WSU.

2007-08 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 19- Jayne Appel, STAN; Nov. 26- Nadia Parker, USC, Dec. 3- Ashley Walker, CAL; Dec. 10- Kirsten Thompson, ASU; Dec. 17- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Dec. 24- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Dec. 31- Sybil Dosty, ASU; Jan. 7- Devanei Hampton, CAL; Jan. 14- Ashley Walker, CAL.

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