Morris Named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- UCLA senior guard Darxia Morris was named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 21-27, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. With Morris leading the charge, the Bruins clinched second place in the Pac-10 standings, improving to 24-3 overall and 14-2 in Conference.
Darxia Morris (Pasadena, Calif.) led UCLA to a road sweep of the Arizona schools, giving UCLA a school-record 12 road wins on the year. Morris scored 13 points in both games, totaling seven assists, three steals and zero turnovers for the weekend.
In the 74-70 win at Arizona, Morris had crucial plays down the stretch, hitting a three-point shot with 1:18 to play to increase a tight UCLA lead to 66-61. She then had a steal, which led to a free throw for teammate Doreena Campbell, to make it 67-61 at the 54-second mark.
Morris had 11 second-half points as the Bruins pulled away to defeat the Sun Devils, 61-45. Her offensive burst sparked a game-changing 20-2 run that turned a 28-28 score into a 48-30 Bruin advantage. Morris averages a team-best 12.6 points per game and has a team-leading 53 steals.
It is the second-career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Morris, both coming this season. She last earned the weekly nod on Nov. 22, 2010. It is the 43rd all-time selection for the Bruins.
The Bruins close the 2010-11 regular season at home hosting Washington on Thursday, March 3 and Washington State on Saturday, March 5, before heading to the Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament, which is set to take place Wednesday-Saturday, March 9-12 at Galen Center and Staples Center in Los Angeles. For more information on the tournament, visit www.pac-10.org.
Also Nominated: Davellyn Whyte, Arizona; Layshia Clarendon, CAL; Jeanette Pohlen, STAN; Mackenzie Argens, WASH.
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
Jan. 31 - Kristi Kingma, WASH
Feb. 7 - Sage Romberg, WSU
Feb. 14 - Ify Ibekwe, ARIZ
Feb. 21 - El Sara Greer, OSU
Feb. 28 - Darxia Morris, UCLA