Jan. 22, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - California sophomore forward/center Ashley Walker has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 15-21, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
This marks Walker's third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor this season. She is the second Cal player to garner at least three Pac-10 Player of the Week selections in one season and the first since Jennifer Bennett received the honor four times in 1986-87.
Walker turned in the best shooting performance of any player in the Pac-10 this season in Cal's 63-57 win over Oregon State on Thursday. She posted 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting, a sterling 91.7 percent from the field. Walker also added seven rebounds, two assists, and drew a late charge on OSU's Casey Nash, which fouled the Pac-10's leading scorer out of the game and helped the Golden Bears pull out the win.
Next time out against Oregon, Walker posted 13 points and eight rebounds as the Bears beat the Ducks 65-56 for their first series sweep of the Oregon schools since the 2000-01 season. For the weekend, Walker averaged 18 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and shot 14-of-19 from the field (.737) and 8-of-14 from the free throw line (.571).
Walker is currently third in the Conference in scoring (17.8), second in rebounding (8.6), third in field goal percentage (.557), and fourth in blocked shots (1.58). Her contributions have keyed Cal to a 15-4 start, tied with the 1991-92 squad for the best start in school history.
The Golden Bears (15-4, 6-3 Pac-10) travel to face the Arizona schools this week.
This is the third Player of the Week award for Walker this season and the 26th all-time for California.
ALSO NOMINATED: Aubree Johnson, ASU; Casey Nash, OSU; Brooke Smith, STAN; Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA; Eshaya Murphy, USC; Emily Florence, WSU.
2006-07 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 20- Ashley Walker, CAL; Nov. 27- Chloe Kerr, USC; Dec. 4- Cameo Hicks, WASH; Dec. 11- Ashley Walker, CAL; Dec. 18- Cameo Hicks, WASH; Dec. 26- Danielle Orsillo, ASU; Jan. 1- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Jan. 8- Dymond Simon, ASU; Jan. 15- Devanei Hampton, CAL; Jan. 22- Ashley Walker, CAL.