Markel Walker Named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Feb. 1, 2010

Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA freshman forward Markel Walker was selected the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 25-31, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Walker (Philadelphia, Pa./Schenley HS) had a big week, averaging 16.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game, posting double-doubles in the weekend series against the Oregon schools to help the Bruins move into a tie for second place in the Pac-10 standings. She went 12-for-21 from the floor (57.1 percent) and was 9-for-10 from the charity stripe, also averaging 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Walker had 17 points, a career-high tying 14 rebounds and a career-best eight assists in UCLA's 104-80 win over Oregon. She added four steals while committing just one turnover in 25 minutes of action. In the 70-44 win over Oregon State, she led all players with 16 points and had 10 rebounds, six on the offensive end.

With her two double-doubles this weekend, Walker leads the team with six on the year, the most by a Bruin since Noelle Quinn had 10 in 2005-06.

Walker is only the second freshman to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this season, and her selection is UCLA's 40th all-time.

UCLA travels to the Bay Area to battle No. 2 Stanford on Thursday, Feb. 4 and California on Saturday, Feb. 6.

ALSO NOMINATED: Ify Ibekwe, Arizona; Danielle Orsillo, Arizona State; Alexis Gray-Lawson, California; Taylor Lilley, Oregon; Kayla Pedersen, Stanford; Sami Whitcomb, Washington; April Cook, Washington State.

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