Jayne Appel Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week
Feb. 18, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford sophomore forward Jayne Appel was named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week Monday after helping lead the No. 7/6 Cardinal to victories over Arizona and Arizona State last weekend. The wins set up a showdown this Saturday with first-place California where the Pac-10 regular-season lead will be at stake. The honor is the second of the season for Appel, and the sixth for the Cardinal in 2007-08.
Appel averaged a double-double of 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in the weekend sweep, posting her eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds in Thursday's 69-46 victory over Arizona. The Pleasant Hill native's contributions to the Stanford victories were not just limited to scoring and rebounding, as Appel showcased her versatility by averaging 5.50 assists, 3.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks over the weekend. All of this was highlighted in Appel's line from Saturday's 79-57 win over Arizona State, in which she totaled 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and a pair of steals. For the weekend, Appel also shot 59.1% from the field, increasing her Pac-10 leading rate to 57.4% for the year.
Monday's honor marks the third time that Appel has been named the Pac-10's Player of the Week in her career, and second of this season, after having earned the conference's first honor of the year on Nov. 19. The accolade is also the 62nd all-time weekly honor earned by a Stanford student-athlete.
The No. 7/6 Cardinal, one game back of No. 8/9 California in the Pac-10 race, visit Berkeley Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in a contest with the inside track to the conference regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament at stake.