Jan. 18, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Arizona freshman guard Davellyn Whyte was named the Pac-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of January 11-17, announced Monday morning by Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott.
Whyte averaged 26.5 points per game in leading the Wildcats to wins over Oregon State and Oregon last weekend, the first weekend sweep for Arizona in Pac-10 play since the 2007-08 season, coincidentally also coming against the pair of Oregon schools.
The freshman guard from Phoenix scored a school-record 39 points on Saturday afternoon in a record-shattering 119-112 win over the Ducks. She converted 12-of-17 shots from the field, including a 5-of-6 mark from three-point range, and also knocked down 10-of-12 free throws. She surpassed the previous Arizona mark of 35 points, shared by Adia Barnes and Timi Brown.
On Thursday, Whyte started the weekend by tallying 14 points, all in the second half, in a 62-53 win over Oregon State. After six games, Whyte leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 22.8 points per game during conference play.
Whyte is tops among all Pac-10 freshman and is second overall in overall scoring at 17.7 points per game and has two of the three top single-game outputs on the season. She also tallied 34 points against USC in McKale Center on January 3. Her 283 points already puts her in 10th place on the Arizona all-time single season scoring list for freshmen with no fewer than 14 games to play. If Whyte plays 30 games this season, her current scoring average would give her 531 points on the season, good for second place on the freshman scoring list and 7th all-time for all classes.
The first Arizona player to earn the weekly award in 2009-10, Whyte is the first Wildcat to win the award since current teammate Ify Ibekwe was named Player of the Week on December 15, 2008. Her award is the 36th all-time for Arizona and she is the 16th player in program history to garner the honor. She is also the first Pac-10 freshman to win the award since 2007-08.
Arizona (9-7, 3-3) is home on Sunday, January 24 for the first of its two in-state rivalry games against Arizona State with tip-off in McKale Center slated for 4:00 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net with Jim Watson and Tracy Warren calling all of the action.