Gray, Plum named Pac-12 women's basketball players of the week

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 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. 

Also Nominated:
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

  Player Freshman
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

 

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