USC's Corral Named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week
March 8, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- USC sophomore guard Ashley Corral was selected Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the final week of the season, spanning March 1-7, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Ashley Corral (Vancouver, Wash.) helped the Women of Troy win crucial games in the final weekend of regular-season play, giving USC the third seed in the State Farm Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Tournament which takes place at Galen Center on the campus of USC, March 11-14.
Corral averaged 14.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in wins over Arizona (55-53) and Arizona State (62-52). Corral hit critical free throws in the final minutes of both games to help USC claim the victories. In the win over the Wildcats, with the Trojans ahead by just one point, Corral went to the line with 20 seconds remaining in the game and hit both shots from the charity stripe. Corral added six assists and two steals in the game.
In the regular-season finale, the Sun Devils closed to within four points and Corral went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:22 to keep USC ahead. She ended with a game-high 20 points against ASU, also knocking down four threes.
With the two wins, USC enters the Pac-10 Tournament on a five-game win streak. It’s No. 3 seeding is the highest for the Trojans since 2004. It is the first-career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Corral and USC’s 38th all-time.
The State Farm Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Tournament tips off on Thursday, March 11 with two first-round games at Galen Center in Los Angeles. The action continues on Friday, March 12 with the quarterfinals, including USC’s matchup against sixth-seeded Oregon at 5 p.m. PT. The first six games of the tournament will be streamed live at www.pac-10.org and www.10teams1trophy.com.
The quarterfinal winners move on to the semifinals on Saturday, March 13, with the champion being crowned on Sunday, March 14. The final three games of the tournament will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net.
Also Nominated: Reiko Thomas, Arizona; DeNesha Stallworth, California; Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford; Erica Tukiainen, UCLA; Regina Rogers, Washington; Jazmine Perkins , Washington State.
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
Feb. 15 – Jayne Appel, Stanford
Feb. 22 – Jayne Appel, Stanford
Mar. 1 – Jasmine Dixon, UCLA
Mar. 7 – Ashley Corral, USC
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