UCLA's Walker, Colorado's Roberson earn weekly honors

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA guard/forward Markel Walker was named Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week and COLORADO forward Arielle Roberson was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the week of Nov. 19-25, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

Senior Markel Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) nearly had back-to-back double-doubles in games against two NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. On Friday, Walker scored 21 points and added nine rebounds (six offensive), four steals and three assists in the 76-64 home loss to then-No. 5 Notre Dame. On Sunday, she helped lead the Bruins to a 65-52 home win over Princeton with 23 points, nine rebounds (six offensive), six assists and six steals. For the week, the 6-foot-1 guard/forward averaged 22.0 points and nine rebounds, adding 4.5 assists and 5.0 steals per game. Walker is currently second in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.8 ppg), 13th in rebounding (7.3 rpg), sixth in assists (4.0 apg) and leads the league in steals (4.5 spg). She leads the Bruins in scoring, assists and steals and is third in rebounding.

Forward Arielle Roberson (San Antonio, Texas) was named Most Valuable Player of the Omni Hotels Classic, becoming the first Colorado freshman to earn that honor in the 26-year history of the tournament. She led the Buffs in scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounds (7.5 rpg) in the two-game tournament. She had 16 points and a career-best eight rebounds in the win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, then followed up with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, three steals and two assists in the championship game win over San Diego State.

This is Walker's third-career player of the week honor and UCLA's 45th all-time. It is the second freshman of the week honor for Roberson. She was the first-ever player to receive the award on Nov. 12.

The 19th-ranked Bruins remain at home this week, hosting Loyola Marymount on Sunday, Dec. 2. The Buffs have a pair of games scheduled this week beginning with a home game against Wyoming on Wednesday, Nov. 28. CU will then travel to face Illinois on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Bruins' game against LMU and Colorado's game against the Cowgirls will be streamed at Pac-12.com.

Also nominated:
Janae Fulcher, ASU; Brittany Boyd, CAL; Arielle Roberson, COLO; Amanda Delgado, ORE; Patricia Bright, OSU; Amber Orrange, STAN; Ariya Crook, USC; Michelle Plouffe, UTAH; Jazmine Davis, WASH; Tia Presley, WSU.

FRESHMAN:  Jillian Alleyne, ORE; Jamie Weisner, OSU; Nirra Fields, UCLA; Lia Galdeira, WSU.


Date Players of the Week Freshmen of the Week
Nov. 12 Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford Arielle Roberson, Colorado
Nov. 19 Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford Jillian Alleyne, Oregon
Nv. 26 Markel Walker, UCLA Arielle Roberson, Colorado


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