USC's Marinacci Voted Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC's Christina Marinacci was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 28-Mar. 5, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. With Marinacci pacing the squad, the Trojans clinched the No. 3 seed in this week's Pacific Life Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament.
A junior forward from Santa Ana, Calif., Marinacci averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games, while shooting 50 percent from the floor, well above her season averages of 8.8 ppg and 7.4 rpg. The Trojans picked up much-needed wins over Washington, 62-55, and Washington State, 65-54, on the road as USC continues to build its resume for a postseason bid. She had 19 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high four steals in the close win over the Huskies, then followed up with 18 points and six boards against the Cougars.
Marinacci earns the weekly award for the first time in her career and is the first Trojan this season to be selected. It is USC's 42nd all-time weekly nod.
Every Conference team is headed to the Pacific Life Pac-12 Basketball Tournament to be held Wednesday-Saturday, March 7-10. The first and second rounds of the women's tournament will be held at Galen Center on the campus of USC and will be streamed live on the Pac-12's YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/pac12conf). The semifinals and championship games will be played at STAPLES Center and televised live on Fox Sports Net.
Also Nominated: Alex Earl, ASU; Eliza Pierre, CAL; Lexy Kresl, COLO; Nnemkadi Ogwumike, STAN; Markel Walker, UCLA; Michelle Plouffe, UTAH; Rosie Tarnowski, WSU.
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
Feb. 20 - Layshia Clarendon, CAL
Feb. 27 - Regina Rogers, WASH
Mar. 5 - Christina Marinacci, USC
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