No. 4 Bears Sweep MPSF Weekly Awards
After a dominant weekend at the Stanford Invitational that included victories over three top-10 opponents, the No. 4 Cal women's water polo team swept the MPSF weekly awards on Tuesday.
Junior goalie Isabel Williams, who averaged 13.7 saves per game in wins over No. 2 Stanford, No. 9 Arizona State and No. 10 UC Davis, has been tabbed the conference's Player of the Week while freshman Jessie Rose, the hero in the Bears' 10-9 sudden victory overtime win over the Cardinal, is the MPSF Newcomer of the Week.
Williams recorded an impressive .719 save percentage during the weekend while also stopping three penalty shots. She had a career-high 15 saves as well as four steals in the victory over Stanford then had a whopping .778 save percentage with 14 more saves against UC Davis. Williams also anchored a defense that held the Aggies scoreless for the final 21 minutes, 25 seconds in a 9-4 triumph.
Finally, Williams had 11 saves at a .733 percentage in an 11-6 win over Arizona State. The Bears' defense held the Sun Devils scoreless until the 1:26 mark of the second quarter.
Rose, playing in just her ninth career game, had one of the more memorable moments in recent program history when she tapped in a rebound for the game-winning goal just over a minute into sudden victory overtime against Stanford. It helped the Bears snap an eight-game losing streak against the Cardinal, giving them their first victory over Stanford since 2018.
Rose ended with two goals and two steals against the Cardinal and finished with two goals, three steals, an assist and a field block during the weekend.
It was the first career weekly honor for both Williams and Rose and the Bears' first weekly accolades this season.
The Bears are off until Feb. 19 when they play at No. 1 USC. The game will air on the Pac-12 Networks.