Stanford's Pedersen Named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- STANFORD senior forward Kayla Pedersen was named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 17-23, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Kayla Pedersen (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) helped the Cardinal take sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 with a pair of convincing wins over tough competition in then-No. 8 UCLA and USC. Pedersen paced the squad with an average of 17.0 points and 7.5 rebounds over the two wins. She shot 63.2 (12-for-19) from the field and 57.1 percent (4-for-7) from 3-point range.

On Thursday against the Bruins in a battle for first place in the Conference, Pedersen posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds while going 6-for-9 from the field in Stanford's 64-38 win. The victory marked the Cardinal's third win over a top-10 foe this season.

On Sunday against USC, Pedersen went 6-for-10 from the field, including going 3-for-4 from behind the arc on the way to 16 points, five rebounds and three assists in Stanford's 95-51 victory.

It is Pedersen's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor of the season and the fourth of her career. It is also Stanford's 78th all-time selection and second this year.

The Cardinal take to the road this week, traveling to face Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6:00 p.m. PT. The game will be televised on FSN/CSNBA. The squad will then visit Oregon State for a 12:00 p.m. PT bout against the Beavers.

Also Nominated: Ify Ibekwe, ARIZ; DeNesha Stallworth, CAL; Nia Jackson, ORE; El Sara Greer, OSU; Darxia Morris, UCLA; Briana Gilbreath, USC; Regina Rogers, WASH; Ireti Amojo, WSU

2010-11 Pac-10 Women's Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 15 - Briana Gilbreath, USC
Nov. 22 - Darxia Morris, UCLA
Nov. 29 - Amanda Johnson, ORE
Dec. 6 - Briana Gilbreath, USC
Dec. 13 - DeNesha Stallworth, CAL
Dec. 20 - Ashley Corral, USC
Dec. 27 - Dymond Simon, ASU
Jan. 3 - Jeanette Pohlen, STAN
Jan. 10 - Nia Jackson, ORE
Jan. 17 - Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STAN
Jan. 24 - Kayla Pedersen, STAN

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