Pac-12 Players of the Week an Oregon sweep: Jillian Alleyne and Maite Cazorla
Oregon swept the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Players of the Week honors for the period Feb. 8-14. Jillian Alleyne earned the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the third time this season, while teammate Maite Cazorla was voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the third-consecutive week and the fourth time overall. The duo led the Ducks to a pair of home victories, pushing the team’s winning streak to five games, the longest Conference streak for the program since 1999-2000.
The Ducks defeated Utah, 69-58, and Colorado, 77-70, over the weekend, as Oregon posted its eighth Pac-12 win, surpassing its Conference win total from all of last season. UO has also posted 19 overall wins, the most for the program since the 2004-05 campaign.
Senior forward Alleyne (Fontana, Calif.), who has set the Pac-12 career marks for rebounds and double-doubles already, continued her attack on the record books with another standout weekend. On Friday against the Utes, Alleyne broke Hall of Famer Bev Smith’s UO record off 88 double-doubles with the 89th of her career. Alleyne had 27 points on 11-for-22 shooting, and grabbed 13 boards in the win. She also added four assists, a pair of blocks and a steal. In the Valentine’s Day win over the Buffs, she moved into a tie for second with Tennessee Tech’s Cheryl Taylor (1984-87) in NCAA women’s basketball history with 90 career double-doubles, tallying 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting to go along with 17 rebounds and three assists. For the week, she averaged 26.5 points, 15.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Alleyne also leads the Pac-12 and ranks third in the country with 13.6 rpg. Her 21 double-doubles on the season are the most in the nation.
Point guard Cazorla (Las Palmas, Spain) continues her breakout play, shooting 50 percent from the floor, 50 percent from three and 78.6 percent from the free throw line while averaging 16 points per game over the weekend. She matched a career-high with 23 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the Ducks’ win over Colorado, scoring the Ducks’ first seven points of the game. She opened the week with nine points, four assists and three steals against the Utes. Cazorla ranks seventh in UO single-season history with 146 assists and ranks 19th in the NCAA this season in assists per game (5.8) which is also the best assists average among all freshman in the country.
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.
The Ducks host the LA schools this week in their final homestand of the season. UCLA visits Matthew Knight Arena on Friday at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks. UO closes out the week against USC on Sunday.
Player: Sophie Brunner, ASU; Gabby Green, CAL; Jamee Swan, COLO; Jamie Weisner, OSU; Erica McCall, STAN; Monique Billings, UCLA; Courtney Jaco, USC; Paige Crozon, UTAH; Kelsey Plum, WASH; Borislava Hristova, WSU.
Freshman: Kristine Anigwe, CAL; Alexis Robinson, COLO; Borislava Hristova, WSU.
Hoopfeed’s ballot: Player of the Week: Sophie Brunner (Arizona State) || Freshman of the Week: Maite Cazorla (Oregon)
Cheryl Coward, founding editor of Hoopfeed, participates in the weekly Pac-12 voting.
2015-16 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Players of the Week
|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|
|Dec. 21||Lili Thompson, STAN||Maite Cazorla, ORE|
|Dec. 28||Arnecia Hawkins, ASU||Kristine Anigwe, CAL|
|Jan. 4||Nirra Fields, UCLA||Kristine Anigwe, CAL|
|Jan. 11||Temi Fagbenle, USC||Kristine Anigwe, CAL|
|Jan. 18||Kelsey Plum, WASH||Borislava Hristova, WSU|
|Jan. 25||Jillian Alleyne, ORE||Borislava Hristova, WSU|
|Feb. 1||Lili Thompson, STAN||Maite Cazorla, ORE|
|Feb. 8||Jamie Weisner, OSU||Maite Cazorla, ORE|
|Feb. 15||Jillian Alleyne, ORE||Maite Cazorla, ORE|