Whitcomb Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

March 3, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Washington sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 25-March 2, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Whitcomb, a native of Ventura, Calif., helped the Huskies earn a split with two Top-10 teams as Washington upset No. 9 California on Sunday, knocking the Bears out of contention for the Pac-10 title and securing the Huskies' berth as the No. 6 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament.

The sophomore averaged 15.0 points over the weekend, along with 5.5 rebounds, but was the difference maker in the 74-66 upset of California as she poured in 24 points on 57.1 percent shooting, also hitting 5-of-9 three pointers.

With the game tied at 36-36 three minutes into the second-half, the Huskies went on a decisive 18-7 run, that included four consecutive Whitcomb three-pointers. Washington would never relinquish the lead.

Whitcomb's five three-pointers matched a career high, while her 24-point effort was her 15th double-figure scoring effort of the year.

The win over California marked Washington's first win over a ranked team since defeating then-No. 20 California in Berkeley last season in overtime, 79-76. It was the Huskies' first win over a Top-10 team since defeating No. 10 Stanford in 2005.

The victory over the Bears solidified Washington as the No. 6 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament, where it will face No. 3 seeded Arizona State on Sat., March 8 at 11 a.m.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Whitcomb's career and the 27th for the Huskies all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Ify Ibeke, ARIZ; Lauren Lacey, ASU; Alexis Gray-Lawson, CAL; Ellie Manou, ORE; Candice Wiggins, STAN; Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA; Camille LeNoir, USC; Katie Appleton, 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. 6- Devanei Hampton, CAL; Jan. 14- Ashley Walker, CAL; Jan. 21- Talisa Rhea, OSU; Jan. 28- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Feb. 4- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Feb. 11- Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA; Feb. 18- Jayne Appel, STAN; Feb. 25- Lauren Lacey, ASU; March 3- Sami Whitcomb, WASH.

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