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Presley, Plum voted Pac-12 women's basketball players of the week

Feb 17, 2014
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 Feb. 10-17. WASHINGTON STATE’s Tia Presley was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the first time this season, while WASHINGTON’s Kelsey Plum was tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for a league-record tying sixth time this season.

A junior guard from Spokane, Wash., Tia Presley averaged 32.0 points per game, shot 50.0 percent from floor and 82.1 percent at the free throw line (23-for-28) while helping Washington State to a road sweep of Utah and Colorado, WSU’s first road sweep of the season. Presley notched WSU’s first back-to-back 30-point efforts since Jenni Ruff in 1995-96, netting 32 points in both victories. Half of her points came from the free throw line in the 83-73 win at Utah, as she went 16-for-21, tying the single-game school record for attempts. She also added four rebounds, a pair of assists and a couple of steals. In the 80-77 win at Colorado, 22 of her 32 points were in the first half, and also hit three threes and was 7-for-7 from the line. With the wins, the Cougs are 14-12 and 8-6 in Conference play, the most overall and league wins for the team since 1995-96. Presley also became WSU’s first 500-point scorer in a season since that same year.

A guard from Poway, Calif., Kelsey Plum averaged 22.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, and shot 53.6 percent from the field, leading the Huskies to a pair of road victories, as well. Plum is the second-highest scoring freshman in the country, averaging 19.9 ppg. In Friday’s 87-80 win over Colorado, Plum scored 18 of her 25 points in the second half as UW turned a 1-point halftime deficit into a seven-point victory. Plum was 10-for-16 from the floor and added a career-best eight rebounds, two assists and a steal. On Sunday, Plum scored 19 points in a 67-66 win at Utah to complete the road sweep. Plum was 8-for-10 from the free throw line to go 12-for-14 on the week. She also added seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.

It is Presley’s first-career player of the week honor and Washington State’s 14th all-time, and first since Jazmine Perkins won the award on Jan. 2 2012. Plum is tied with OREGON’s Chrishae Rowe for the most weekly freshman nods in a season. Rowe broke the Conference record with her sixth selection on Feb. 3.

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.

Both Washington and Washington State remain at home this week hosting Oregon and Oregon State on either Friday or Sunday, Feb. 21 and Feb. 23. Check for detailed schedules.

Also Nominated:
PLAYER: Reshanda Gray, CAL; Jamee Swan, COLO; Ruth Hamblin, OSU; Chiney Ogwumike, STAN; Michelle Plouffe, UTAH; Kelsey Plum, WASH.

FRESHMAN: Mercedes Jefflo, CAL; Sydney Weise, OSU.

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
Dec. 23 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Kelsey Plum, WASH
Dec. 30 Nirra Fields, UCLA Chrishae Rowe, ORE
Jan. 6 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Kelsey Plum, WASH
Jan. 13 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Sydney Wiese, OSU
Jan. 20 Cassie Harberts, USC Kelsey Plum, WASH
Jan. 27 Jillian Alleyne, ORE Chrishae Rowe, ORE
Feb. 3 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Chrishae Rowe, ORE
Feb. 10 Reshanda Gray, CAL Kelsey Plum, WASH
Feb. 17 Tia Presley, WSU Kelsey Plum, WASH