Pac-12 announces women's basketball players of the week

Utah Athletics

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. 9-15. UTAH’s Michelle Plouffe was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week and Emily Potter, also of Utah, was tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.

Senior forward Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) recorded double-doubles in two Utah wins last week, including a 24-point, 13-rebound performance in a double overtime 82-74 victory over BYU. She went 2-of-4 from the three-point line and added 10-of-12 from the free throw line while also dishing out three assists and collecting three steals as the Utes handed the BYU Cougars their first loss of the season. Earlier in the week, she recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 81-70 win over another in-state opponent in Utah Valley. On the week, Plouffe averaged 22.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists. 

Freshman forward Emily Potter (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) averaged a double-double of 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the pair of non-conference wins for the Utes last week. Against Utah Valley, she set a career-high with six blocked shots to go along with 16 points and nine rebounds. Potter saved her best for the rivalry game at BYU as she recorded her first double-double as a Ute, scoring a career-high 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds—the second double-figure rebound performance in her young career. Over two games, she shot 46.9 percent (15-of-32) from the floor, handed out two assists and added a steal. Potter is currently third in the Pac-12 in blocked shots (1.3 per game). 

It is Plouffe’s first-career player of the week honor and Utah’s third since joining the Conference in 2011-12.

A player of the week has been selected every week since 1986-87, the first year the Conference sponsored women’s sports. A freshman of the week was first selected in 2012-13.

The Utes have just one game scheduled this week, hosting Samford on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. MT.

Also Nominated:

PLAYER: Candice Warthen, ARIZ; Arielle Roberson, COLO; Chrishae Rowe, ORE; Jamie Weisner, OSU; Chiney Ogwumike, STAN; Nirra Fields, UCLA; Alexyz Vaioletama; USC; Aminah Williams, WASH.

FRESHMAN: LaBrittney Jones, ARIZ; Kelsey Moos, ASU; Hind Ben Abdelkader, CAL; Chrishae Rowe, ORE; Sydney Weise, OSU; Kailee Johnson, STAN; Kelsey Plum, WASH.

2013-14 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Players of the Week

  Player Freshman
Nov. 11 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Chrishae Rowe, ORE
Nov. 18 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Chrishae Rowe, ORE
Nov. 25 Atonye Nyingifa, UCLA Kelsey Plum, WASH
Dec. 2 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Sophie Brunner, ASU
Dec. 9 Arielle Roberson, COLO Chrishae Rowe, ORE
Dec. 16 Michelle Plouffe, UTAH Emily Potter, UTAH


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