March 1, 2004
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Arizona sophomore center Shawntinice Polk has been named the Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 23-29, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Polk, from Hanford, Calif., averaged 20.5 points, 14.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and 3.0 assists in a road sweep against Washington and Washington State last week, giving Arizona a share of the program's first Pac-10 regular-season championship. Arizona tied for first place with Stanford at 14-4 in Pac-10 play and the two teams are Conference Co-Champions. On the week, Polk shot 66.7 percent from the field (20-of-30), and also notched her 35th and 36th career double-doubles, tying her for the most double-doubles in school history.
In the 77-72 victory over Washington State on Feb. 26, Polk shot 9-for-15 from the floor (60.0 percent) on her way to 19 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, six blocks and three steals. In that same game she scored 15 of her points in the first half. In the 71-54 triumph over Washington on Feb. 28, Polk tallied game-highs of 22 points and 14 rebounds, shooting 11-for-15 (73.3 percent). Her 22 points pushed her over the 1,000-point mark, the fastest for an Arizona player (60 games) and the first time a Wildcat sophomore has surpassed that milestone.
With only their second win ever at Washington, the Wildcats finished 22-7 overall, and 14-4 in the Pac-10. Their 14-4 Conference mark ties for the best league record ever compiled by a Wildcat team. Arizona earned the No. 2 seed in the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament by virtue of the Conference tie-breaker. The Wildcats face the winner of No. 7 seed Oregon State and No. 10 Washington State, on March 6 at 1:15 p.m. at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
The Player of the Week honor is Polk's third this season, seventh overall. It is the 32nd all-time selection for Arizona.
ALSO NOMINATED: Leigh Gregory, CAL; Corrie Mizusawa, ORE; Nikki Blue, UCLA; Giuliana Mendiola, WASH; Bianca McCall, WSU.
2003-04 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Dec. 1- Giuliana Mendiola, WASH; Dec. 8- Nihan Anaz, CAL; Dec. 15- Nicole Powell, STAN; Dec. 22- Leilani Estavan, OSU; Jan. 5- Shannon Howell, OSU; Jan. 12- Nicole Powell, STAN; Jan. 19- Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ; Jan. 26- Ebony Hoffman, USC; Feb. 2- Kylan Loney, ASU; Feb. 9- Shawntinice Polk,ARIZ; Feb. 16- Noelle Quinn, UCLA; Feb. 23- Noelle Quinn, UCLA; March 1- Shawntinice Polk, ARIZ.