Stanford's Appel Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

Feb. 16, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--STANFORD junior center Jayne Appel was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 10-16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.


Appel, shooting 70 percent from the field (7-10), helped No. 5/6 Stanford beat Bay Area-rival and third-ranked California, 58-41, moving the Cardinal into a tie for first in the Conference.


Appel, a native of Pleasant Hill, Calif., recorded her 10th double-double of the season, leading the team with 22 points and 14 rebounds in Stanford’s 25th-straight home victory, currently the third-longest win streak in the nation.  The junior was key in the Cardinal’s second half run. After scoring a season-low 18 points in the first half, Stanford went on a 30-4 run, mounted by Appel scoring six consecutive points to secure the Cardinal victory. The national player of the year candidate scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half.


Matched up against California’s three-time All-Pac-10 pick Devanei Hampton, Appel also stood out defensively, limiting the former Pac-10 Player of the Year to seven points in the contest.


Appel, who ranks second in the conference in scoring with 15.7 points per game, increased her league leading field goal percentage to 62.8, which ranks in the top five in the nation, as well.


The Cardinal snapped Cal’s school-record 12-game winning streak, the fifth-longest in the country. The Bears and the Cardinal are currently tied at 11-1 atop the Pac-10 standings.


It is the seventh Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Appel and the fourth time she has earned the honor this year. It is also 66th all-time for Stanford.


Next up, Stanford hosts the Oregon schools as the Cardinal plays Oregon State on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. PT and Oregon on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. PT.


Also Nominated: Ify Ibekwe, Arizona; Briann January, Arizona State; Ashley Walker, California; Micaela Cocks, Oregon; Tiffany Ducker, Oregon State; Erica Tukiainen, UCLA; Sami Whitcomb, Washington; Jazmine Perkins, Washington State.


2008-09 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week:

Nov. 17 - Talisa Rhea, Oregon State

Nov. 24 - Jayne Appel, Stanford

Dec. 1 - Ashley Walker, California

Dec. 8 - Ashley Walker, California

Dec. 15 - Ify Ibekwe, Arizona

Dec. 22 - Alex Mitchell, Oregon State

Dec. 29 - Jayne Appel, Stanford

Jan. 5 - Brynn Cameron, USC

Jan. 12 - Doreena Campbell, UCLA

Jan. 19 - Alexis Gray-Lawson, California

Jan. 26 - Jayne Appel, Stanford

Feb. 2 - Dymond Simon, Arizona State

Feb. 9 - Camille LeNoir, USC

Feb. 16- Jayne Appel, Stanford


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