TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s basketball player Salim Stoudamire was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 10-16, the league announced Monday.
Stoudamire, a 6-foot-1, 179-pound senior guard from Portland, Ore., led Arizona to a home sweep of USC and UCLA by averaging 26.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He connected on 57.6 percent of his field goal attempts (19-of-33), including 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from three-point range.
He opened the week with 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-9 from three-point range, two rebounds and three assists in the 77-68 win over USC and followed that with a season-high 32 points, including the game-winning trey with 2.5 seconds remaining. Stoudamire, who went 11-of-16 from the field against the Bruins, scored 24 of his 32 points in the second half, including 21 of Arizona’s last 27 points.
On the season, Stoudamire is averaging a team-leading 15.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, while shooting 53.0 percent from the field and 56.2 percent from three-point range. It is the third time in his career that Stoudamire has been recognized by the league office and the 62nd award all-time for the Wildcats, a Pac-10 best. It is the first such award for Arizona this season.
Seventeenth-ranked Arizona (14-3, 4-1 Pac-10) will next be in action on Thursday, Jan. 20, at Oregon. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PST and can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net.