Gray, Plum named Pac-12 women's basketball players of the week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Players of the Week for the week of Feb. 3-9. CALIFORNIA’s Reshanda Gray was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the first time this season, while WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum was tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season.
Junior forward Reshanda Gray (Los Angeles, Calif.) led California to a two-game sweep last week with road wins over Washington (70-65) and Washington State (87-70). Gray hit a major milestone on the weekend by becoming the 26th Golden Bear to surpass the 1,000-point career mark, a milestone she hit in Sunday’s win at WSU. For the weekend, Gray averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds while shooting .533 from the field after pulling down double-doubles in both games this weekend and also scored at least 20 points in both games. Against the Huskies, Gray scored 20 points with 12 rebounds while matching her career-high with two assists. With the Bears leading 65-64, Gray hit the game-winning free throw and knocked down the last field goal of the game for either team to put the Bears ahead, 68-65. Against the Cougars, Gray scored 24 points with 10 rebounds and added a career-high two steals in her milestone game.
The second-highest scoring freshman in the country, guard Kelsey Plum (Poway, Calif.) average 19.5 points and 5.5 assists per game on the week, tallying 23 points in a stunning 87-82 upset of then-No. 3 Stanford on Sunday. The freshman scored 15 points, knocking down 3-of-3 threes in the first half, as the Huskies ran out to a 41-34 lead. The win snapped the Cardinal’s 62-straight Conference road win streak. It also marked the highest-ranked team the Huskies have beaten since 1990 and only the second time in the history of the program UW had beaten a top-three team. In the 70-65 loss to then-No. 23 Cal on Friday, Plum scored 16 points and had a career-best nine assists as UW went to the wire with the Bears. Plum finished with 39 points and 11 assists, while shooting 5-12 from 3-point range and 8-8 from the foul line.
It is Gray’s first-ever Conference player of the week honor and Cal’s 40th all-time.
A player of the week has been selected every week since 1986-87, the first year the Conference sponsored women’s sports. A freshman of the week was first selected in 2012-13.
No. 22 Cal remains home this week, hosting Arizona on Friday, Feb. 14 and No. 15 Arizona State on Sunday, Feb. 16. Both games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The Huskies will try to ride the momentum from defeating the Cardinal, traveling to Colorado on Friday for a game on the Conference’s television networks, then battling Utah in Salt Lake City on Sunday.
PLAYER: Carissa Crutchfield, ARIZ; Chrishae Rowe, ORE; Deven Hunter, OSU; Chiney Ogwumike, STAN; Cassie Harberts, USC; Kelsey Plum, WASH.
FRESHMAN: Chrishae Rowe, ORE; Sydney Weise, OSU.
2013-14 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Players of the Week
|Nov. 11||Chiney Ogwumike, STAN||Chrishae Rowe, ORE|
|Nov. 18||Chiney Ogwumike, STAN||Chrishae Rowe, ORE|
|Nov. 25||Atonye Nyingifa, UCLA||Kelsey Plum, WASH|
|Dec. 2||Chiney Ogwumike, STAN||Sophie Brunner, ASU|
|Dec. 9||Arielle Roberson, COLO||Chrishae Rowe, ORE|
|Dec. 16||Michelle Plouffe, UTAH||Emily Potter, UTAH|
|Dec. 23||Chiney Ogwumike, STAN||Kelsey Plum, WASH|
|Dec. 30||Nirra Fields, UCLA||Chrishae Rowe, ORE|
|Jan. 6||Chiney Ogwumike, STAN||Kelsey Plum, WASH|
|Jan. 13||Chiney Ogwumike, STAN||Sydney Wiese, OSU|
|Jan. 20||Cassie Harberts, USC||Kelsey Plum, WASH|
|Jan. 27||Jillian Alleyne, ORE||Chrishae Rowe, ORE|
|Feb. 3||Chiney Ogwumike, STAN||Chrishae Rowe, ORE|
|Feb. 10||Reshanda Gray, CAL||Kelsey Plum, WASH|