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Gueye a two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

Jan 17, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO – For the second time on the year Washington State Men's Basketball freshman Mouhamed Gueye took home Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors for the week ending Jan. 16 as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. Gueye previously earned his first award for the week of Nov. 21. He becomes the first Coug to win multiple Freshman of the Week awards since the creation of the honor in 2019-20.

Coming into his own as the season progresses into the grind of conference play, Gueye showed off the skills that made him one of the top recruits in the country prior to joining the Cougs a year early out of high school. Opening up the week, Gueye was the best player on the floor when the Cougs took on the Cardinal of Stanford as the first-year forward put together his first career double-double in Pac-12 action and his second double-double of the year. With the Cougs playing shorthanded, Gueye led the way as he finished the game with a career high in points (16) and rebounds (11). It was the first time in his young career that he led the Cougs in scoring as Gueye was nearly unstoppable in the post finishing the day 8-for-13 from the field. On the defensive end, Gueye came up with a pair of blocks to close out his statline.

Two days later, Gueye was back at it, helping lead the Cougs to their third-straight victory over Cal, defeating the Bears, 65-57, at Beasley Coliseum. He nearly nabbed his second-consecutive double-double finishing just shy with nine points and eight rebounds. Once again, Gueye was the Cougs' best rebounder marking the eighth time on the year he pulled down the most boards for WSU. It was Gueye's rebounding that helped seal the win for the Cougs as he grabbed six of his eight in the final seven minutes of the game including three critical offensive rebounds that allowed WSU to pull away from the Bears late.

On the year, Gueye is averaging 7.1 points and a team-best 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting 50% from the floor. In addition, Gueye has come alive on the defensive end, blocking multiple shots in three of four Pac-12 games to start the new calendar year.
 
Gueye's second award becomes the 35th overall award for WSU since 1986.
 
The Cougars next head west to take on Oregon (Jan. 20) and Oregon State (Jan. 22).