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

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SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Players of the Week for the week of Dec. 14-20. UTAH’s Emily Potter was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week and CALIFORNIA’s Kristine Anigwe was voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the third-straight week.

Redshirt sophomore forward Emily Potter (Winnipeg, Manitoba) set career highs in both points (28) and rebounds (19) in a convincing 74-58 win over Creighton, leading the Utes to a 1-1 week. She was 11-for-20 (.550) en route to the career high, also dishing out three assists and collecting a pair of blocks. She followed up with a 9-for-14 (.643) performance for 24 points in the 73-59 loss at BYU and also grabbed 17 boards to record a seventh double-double in eight games this season. Potter averaged 26.0 points and 18.0 rebounds over the two games last week, shooting 58.8 percent from the floor (20-for-34). She is averaging 12.1 rebounds per game this year, which ranks ninth in the NCAA, to go along with 18.9 points per game. It is Potter’s first-career player of the week nod and the fourth all-time for Utah since joining the Conference in 2011-12.

Forward Kristine Anigwe (Phoenix, Ariz.) is the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the fourth time in five weeks of the season. Anigwe led the Golden Bears to an 87-80 overtime victory over Nebraska on Sunday, tallying 29 points and 10 rebounds in the contest. She shot 62.5 percent from the floor, also going 9-for-10 from the free throw line. Anigwe averages 21.0 points per game on the season, which ranks 21st in the nation. She is the second-highest scoring freshman in the country, netting at least 22 points in five-consecutive games, including a 43-point outing on Dec. 6. Anigwe’s fourth rookie weekly selection is Cal’s seventh overall all-time.

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 Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Week are voted on by a panel of media that regularly cover Pac-12 women’s basketball.

Utah has just one game scheduled later in the week, hosting Fresno State on Saturday, Dec. 19. The Bears are off this week, next returning to the court for a non-conference matchup versus UCLA on Monday, Dec. 21 in Berkeley.

Also Nominated:

PLAYER: Dejza James, ASU; Kelsey Moos, ASU; Kristine Anigwe, CAL; Jamee Swan, COLO; Sydney Wiese, OSU; Monique Billings, UCLA; Temi Fagbenle, USC; Talia Walton, WASH.

FRESHMAN: Kennedy Keonard, COLO; Maite Cazorla, ORE; Taylor Kalmer, OSU.

2015-16 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Players of the Week

Date Player Freshman
Nov. 16 Courtney Range, CAL  Kristine Anigwe, CAL
Nov. 23 Jordin Canada, UCLA  Borislava Hristova, WSU
Nov. 30 Lili Thompson, STAN  Kristine Anigwe, CAL
Dec. 7 Jillian Alleyne, ORE  Kristine Anigwe, CAL
Dec. 14 Emily Potter, UTAH  Kristine Anigwe, CAL
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