Washington State's Cook Named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week

Feb. 8, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Washington State sophomore guard April Cook was selected Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 1-8, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today, becoming the first Cougar in four years to earn the weekly award.

April Cook (Carson, Calif.) scored a career-high 33 points against Arizona State on Saturday, leading WSU to its first league win of the season and the Cougars’ first victory in Tempe, Ariz. in 13 years, 66-62. The victory also snapped an 11-game losing streak to ASU, spanning nearly six years. The 33 points were the most scored by a Cougar in over a decade and the ninth-most all-time in the program’s history. Cook netted a career-high 13 field goals on 18 attempts (.722), leading WSU to its fourth-largest comeback win after being down as many as 13 points.

Washington State opened the Arizona road trip in Tucson where Cook led the team with 13 points in a 73-66 loss to the Wildcats.

Washington State has had just 11 Pac-10 Player of the Week honorees all-time, including Cook. She is also just the second selection out of Pullman in the last 13 years.

Washington State returns home to host the Bay Area teams. The Cougars host the Golden Bears on Friday, Feb. 12, then hosts the second-ranked team in the nation in Stanford on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Also Nominated: Ify Ibekwe, Arizona; Kayli Murphy, Arizona State; Alexis Gray-Lawson, California; Taylor Lilley, Oregon; Jayne Appel, Stanford; Jasmine Dixon, UCLA; Jacki Gemelos, USC; Laura McLellan, Washington.

2009-10 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Nov. 16 – Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford
Nov. 23 – Nicole Canepa, Oregon
Nov. 30 – Kayla Pedersen, Stanford
Dec. 7 – Amanda Johnson, Oregon
Dec. 14 – Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford
Dec. 21 – Kayla Pedersen, Stanford
Dec. 28 – Sami Whitcomb, Washington
Jan. 4 – Taylor Lilley, Oregon
Jan. 11 – Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford
Jan. 18 – Davellyn Whyte, Arizona
Jan. 25 – Alexis Gray-Lawson, California
Feb. 1 – Markel Walker, UCLA
Feb. 8 – April Cook, Washington State

- www.pac-10.org -

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