UCLA's Brewer and Oregon's Alleyne named Pac-12 players of the week
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Players of the Week for the week of Dec. 3-9. UCLA's Alyssia Brewer was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week, while Oregon's Jillian Alleyne was selected the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.
A redshirt senior forward from Tulsa, Okla., Alyssia Brewer recorded her second consecutive double-double and third of the year with a team-high 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 17/19 UCLA to a 62-42 blowout win over No. 12/16 Texas in Houston over the weekend. It is UCLA's second win over a ranked opponent this season, as they also defeated No. 11 Oklahoma (86-83) on Nov. 14. She also registered two assists and two steals. The Bruins held the previously unbeaten Longhorns to a season-low 42 points with season-lows in each half (15 and 27). UCLA also forced Texas into committing a season-high 29 turnovers and held the Longhorns to a season-low 23.8 percent (15-for-63) shooting from the field.
Freshman Jillian Alleyne (Fontana, Calif.) recorded her second double-double of the season in a 77-74 home loss to Nevada last Sunday. Alleyne scored 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. She also went 7-of-10 from the free throw line, while grabbing a game-high 18 rebounds to go with three assists, two blocks and a steal in a game-high 37 minutes. It was the sixth time in seven games this year that she tallied 10 or more rebounds and the third time she scored in double-figures. Alleyne has led the team in rebounding five times through UO's first seven games.
It is Brewer's first-career player of the week honor and UCLA's 45th all-time, including two selections this season. Alleyne is tabbed the freshman of the week for the second time, with the first nod coming on Nov. 19 after she broke the Pac-12's single-game rebounding record, grabbing 27 on Nov. 15.
The Bruins are headed to New York City to participate in a two-game tournament hosted by St. John's on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16. The Ducks have a pair of contests scheduled this week, beginning with a road trip to Illinois on Wednesday, Dec. 12, then host Fresno State on Sunday.
Player: Kama Griffitts, ARIZ; Micaela Pickens, ASU; Brittany Wilson, COLO; Ruth Hamblin, OSU; Taryn Wicijowski, UTAH; Talia Walton, WASH.
Freshman: Jamee Swan, COLO; Ruth Hamblin, OSU; Talia Walton, WASH.