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Sun Devil WBB’s Jaddan Simmons named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

Mar 1, 2021

2020-21 Awards and Honors For Sun Devil Athletics | Pac-12 Release

TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Women's Basketball's Jaddan Simmons was named the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week, according to an announcement by the conference office on Monday.
 
Simmons came through with several key plays when it mattered most in ASU's 66-64 overtime upset of then-No. 9 Arizona on Sunday. ASU's starting point guard scored 11 of her 15 points over the last 9:20 (last 4:20 of regulation and 5:00 of OT) of the game. Simmons started her scoring spurt with a 3-point play that gave ASU a 52-44 lead with 4:20 remaining in regulation. She accounted for ASU's first seven points in overtime and then hit a free throw that extended ASU's lead to 66-64 with 13 seconds remaining in the extra frame.
 
Simmons (currently averaging 10.9 points), who is looking to become the first ASU freshman to average double figures in scoring since Jill Noe accomplished the feat in 2002-03, is currently the team leader in free throws made (82) and attempted (104) and assists (2.5 apg) and is second in scoring (10.9 ppg), FT percentage (78.8) and steals (1.1 spg). 
 
In the first Pac-12 series of her career (vs. USC, vs. No. 9 UCLA), Simmons led ASU in scoring (15.0 ppg) and knocked down 87 percent of her free throws (13-15). Simmons became the first ASU freshman to score 20 or more points since 2007 after accounting for 14 of her game- and career-high 20 points in the second half of ASU's 63-58 win over USC in the Pac-12 opener on Dec. 4. She had a career-high seven assists in ASU's win over Cal (Jan. 1). All 12 of Simmons' double-figure scoring efforts have come in ASU's last 17 games. She has also scored nine points twice during that stretch.
 
Up next for ASU is the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. ASU (No. 9 seed) will start play on Wednesday (2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT) when it faces USC (No. 8 seed) in the first round. The game will be shown on Pac-12 Network/Arizona/Los Angeles and can be heard on KDUS AM 1060. The full tournament schedule can be found by clicking here.