Stanford's Pedersen Named Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week

Dec. 21, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- For the second time this season, STANFORD junior forward Kayla Pedersen was named the Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 14-21, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. She earns the honor after helping the second-ranked Cardinal to impressive wins over No. 7 Duke and No. 3 Tennessee.

Kayla Pedersen (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) put together a pair of stellar outings against two top-10 ranked foes, averaging 20.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field. Against the Blue Devils early last week, Pedersen scored a game-high 22 points on the strength of a 5-for-10 effort from the floor, including a 3-for-5 showing from behind the arc, to lead Stanford to the 71-55 win. She also went 9-for-11 from the free throw line and blocked a pair of shots.

In the 67-52 win over the then-No. 3 Lady Vols, Pedersen led all players with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting while playing on national television. She also grabbed eight rebounds and handed out three assists, as the Cardinal extended its home win streak to 35 games, the third-longest active streak in the NCAA, and improved to 9-0, the team’s best start since the 1996-97 campaign.

It is the fourth honor for a Stanford player this season and the 72nd all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection for Stanford. Pedersen was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Nov. 30, as well, and has earned the weekly accolade three times in her career.

The Cardinal are headed for a showdown on the East Coast, pitting No. 2 Stanford against No. 1 Connecticut in Hartford on Wednesday, Dec. 23. The game marks a rematch of the 2009 NCAA Final Four game in which the Huskies came out victorious in St. Louis, Mo., and eventually won the national championship. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Also Nominated: Becca Tobin, Arizona State; Talisa Rhea, Oregon State; Jasmine Dixon, UCLA; Ashley Corral, USC; Jasmine Perkins, Washington State.

Nov. 16 – Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford
Nov. 23 – Nicole Canepa, Oregon
Nov. 30 – Kayla Pedersen, Stanford
Dec. 7 – Amanda Johnson, Oregon
Dec. 14 – Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford
Dec. 21 – Kayla Pedersen, Stanford


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