California's Ashley Walker Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week
Feb. 23, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- CALIFORNIA senior forward Ashley Walker was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 16-22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. She earns the honor for the third time this season.
Walker, a native of Modesto, Calif., became California's all-time career rebounder with her ninth rebound in the No. 6 Golden Bears' 62-40 victory on Saturday over Oregon State. Currently with 1,030 rebounds, Walker broke Colleen Galloway's record of 1,029 rebounds, she registered from 1979-81. Walker grabbed the record-breaking rebound off of a missed Oregon State jumper with 5:39 left to play in the game.
The Pac-10's leading scorer, Walker averaged 22 points, shooting 55.9 percent from the field, and 10 rebounds over the weekend. Against Oregon, she recorded 20 of her game-high 24 points in the first half also grabbing 11 rebounds and adding two assists as the Bears ran away with the victory, 84-42.
On her record-setting night against Oregon State, Walker shot 62 percent from the floor going 8-for-13. The forward finished the game with 20 points, her 16th 20-plus-point outing of the season. She is now 23 points away from becoming only the second player in California history to record 2,000 career points.
Walker averages 20.3 points per game and is ranked third in the Pac-10 in rebounding, grabbing 8.2 boards a game.
This marks the eighth-career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Walker, one shy of the league record, and the 34th all-time for California.
Tied for the top spot in the Pac-10 standings, the sixth-ranked Golden Bears head to Arizona State to face the Sun Devils on Thurs., Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and then travel to Tucson to play Arizona on Sat., Feb. 7 at Noon.
Also Nominated: Dymond Simon, Arizona State; Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford; Doreena Campbell, UCLA; Nadia Parker, USC; Laura McLellan, Washington; Jazmine Perkins, Washington State.
2008-09 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week:
Nov. 17 - Talisa Rhea, Oregon State
Nov. 24 - Jayne Appel, Stanford
Dec. 1 - Ashley Walker, California
Dec. 8 - Ashley Walker, California
Dec. 15 - Ify Ibekwe, Arizona
Dec. 22 - Alex Mitchell, Oregon State
Dec. 29 - Jayne Appel, Stanford
Jan. 5 - Brynn Cameron, USC
Jan. 12 - Doreena Campbell, UCLA
Jan. 19 - Alexis Gray-Lawson, California
Jan. 26 - Jayne Appel, Stanford
Feb. 2 - Dymond Simon, Arizona State
Feb. 9 - Camille LeNoir, USC
Feb. 16 - Jayne Appel, Stanford
Feb. 23 - Ashley Walker, California