Utah's Plouffe Named Player of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UTAH's Michelle Plouffe was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 6-12, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today, marking the first Conference weekly women's basketball honor for Utah.

Sophomore forward Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta) averaged 18.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 blocks in two games last weekend, leading the Utes to their first-ever Pac-12 weekend series sweep. Plouffe knocked down a key three-pointer to put Utah ahead by four with 1:29 remaining in the game versus Arizona State. Utah eventually defeated ASU, 50-46, with Plouffe tallying a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds. She also added a career-high tying four blocks. She followed up with a dominant performance in the 73-67 win over Arizona, tallying 22 points and 12 rebounds, also going 7-for-13 from the floor with three assists and a pair of blocks. She scored 13 in the second half alone, breaking open a close game that saw the Wildcats leading by five points at the break.

The team's scoring leader averaging 14.4 ppg, Plouffe ranks eighth in the Pac-12 in the category. She is also tied for fourth in the Conference, with teammate SO F Taryn Wicijowski, in rebounding average, grabbing 8.5 boards per game.

The Utes travel to Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 18. That game will be televised on ROOT Sports. Check local listings.

Also Nominated: Davellyn Whyte, ARIZ; Reshanda Gray, CAL; Amanda Johnson, ORE; Mollee Schwegler, OSU; Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STAN; Rebekah Gardner, UCLA; Ariya Cook, USC.

2011-12 Bank of the West Pac-12 Women's Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 15 - Candice Warthen, ARIZ
Nov. 21 - Amanda Johnson, ORE
Nov. 28 - Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STAN
Dec. 5 - Chucky Jeffery, COLO
Dec. 12 - Patricia Bright, OSU
Dec. 19 - Gennifer Brandon, CAL
Dec. 26 - Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STAN
Jan. 2 - Jazmine Perkins, WSU
Jan. 9 - Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STAN
Jan. 16 - Chiney Ogwumike, STAN
Jan. 23 - Chiney Ogwumike, STAN
Jan. 30 - Chiney Ogwumike, STAN
Feb. 6 - Markel Walker, UCLA
Feb. 13 - Michelle Plouffe, UTAH

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