USC's Harberts and UW's Walton named Pac-12 players of the week

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Players of the Week for the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6. USC's Cassie Harberts was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week, while Washington's Talia Walton was tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.

USC junior forward Cassie Harberts (San Clemente, Calif.) led the Trojans to a road sweep of the Oregon schools in the Pac-12 opening weekend. Harberts started the trip with a season-high 27 points and was the Trojans' only double-digit scorer in their 56-55 come-from-behind win at Oregon State. She was just a rebound away from a double-double and scored almost half of USC's points in the victory. Two days later, Harberts offered up another game-high effort with 16 points, including a three-pointer, to lift USC over host Oregon, 67-62. Harberts has scored in double digits in all 13 of USC's games this season. USC snapped a six-game losing skid with its weekend victories.

Redshirt freshman forward Talia Walton (Federal Way, Wash.) led Washington to a sweep of the Arizona schools to help UW to its first 2-0 start in Conference play since 2006-07. She began the weekend tying a then-career high with 19 points, going 2-3 from behind the arc, in a win over Arizona State. The win was Washington's first over the Sun Devils in 17 meetings. Walton also blocked a career-best five shots in the game. Against Arizona, Walton set a new career high with 20 points, connecting on a career-best nine field goals. Walton grabbed 13 rebounds against the Wildcats, another career best, helping the Huskies to a 49-40 advantage on the glass.

It is Harberts' first career player of the week honor and USC's 43rd all-time. It is Walton's first freshman weekly nod this season.

USC and Washington play one another on Friday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. PT in Los Angeles. The Trojans will then host Washington State on Sunday, Jan. 13, with the Huskies closing out the week at UCLA on Sunday.

Also Nominated:
PLAYER: Davellyn Whyte, ARIZ; Brittany Boyd, CAL; Ariel Thomas, ORE; Chiney Ogwumike, STAN; Atonye Nyingifa,UCLA; Michelle Plouffe, Utah; Talia Walton, WASH; Tia Presley, WSU.

FRESHMAN: Jamie Weisner, OSU; Nirra Fields, UCLA; Brianna Barrett, USC; Paige Crozon, UTAH; Taylor Edmondson, WSU.

Date Player Freshman
Nov. 12 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Arielle Robinson, COLO
Nov. 19 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Jillian Alleyne, ORE
Nov. 26 Markel Walker, UCLA Arielle Robinson, COLO
Dec. 3 Taryn Wicijowski, UTAH Arielle Robinson, COLO
Dec. 10 Alyssa Brewer, UCLA Jillian Alleyne, ORE
Dec. 17 Chucky Jeffery, COLO Lia Galdeira, WSU
Dec. 24 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Lia Galdeira, WSU
Dec. 31 Nirra Fields, UCLA Nirra Fields, UCLA
Jan. 7 Cassie Harberts, USC Talia Walton, WASH


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