WASHINGTON STATE'S TAYLOR ROCHESTIE NAMED U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON STATE senior guard Taylor Rochestie has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 16 - 22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Rochestie had a career-day as he led Washington State to an 82-81 upset of No. 20 UCLA on Feb. 21. The Santa Barbara, Calif., native finished with a career-high 33 points, while totaling five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 40 minutes of action. He shot 71.4 percent (5-7) from beyond the arc and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. This marked the second 30-plus scoring game of the season for Rochestie, as he became the first Cougar to score 30 or more points in multiple games since Marcus Moore had three 30-plus games in the 2002-03 season. The win Saturday was just second in school history for Washington State at UCLA.
Despite dropping the game at USC on Feb. 19, Rochestie led the Cougars in scoring with 16 points, adding five rebounds, four assists, one steal and just one turnover in 39 minutes of play. He led the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and minutes played, becoming the first WSU player this season to lead the team in all five categories.
This is the first player of the week honor for Rochestie and the 19th all-time for Washington State.
Also nominated: Chase Budinger, ARIZ; Jeff Pendergraph, ASU; Michael Dunigan, ORE; Calvin Haynes, OSU; Nikola Dragovic, UCLA; Quincy Pondexter, WASH.
HUSKIES HOLD SLIM LEAD
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, WASHINGTON holds a a half game lead over surging ARIZONA STATE, which has won five in a row. Those two teams meet Thursday in Seattle... CALIFORNIA and UCLA remain one and one-half games back with the Bears and Bruins set to meet Saturday in Berkeley... The Conference is 92-29 (.760) in non-league play this season... This week's Top 25 rankings include ARIZONA STATE (No. 14 AP/No. 11 ESPN/USA Today), WASHINGTON (No. 21/No. 21), and UCLA (No. 22/No. 19).
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Thurs., Feb. 26 TV
Arizona at Washington State, 6 p.m. FSN NW/AZ
Series: ARIZ leads, 51-13. Streak: ARIZ 3
No. 14 Arizona State at No. 21 Washington, 8 p.m. FSN NW/AZ
Series: ASU leads, 34-32. Streak: WASH 1
USC at California, 7:30 p.m. CSN W
Series: CAL leads, 125-117. Streak: USC 2
No. 22 UCLA at Stanford, 7:30 p.m. FSN PT/CSN BA
Series: UCLA leads, 130-89. Streak: UCLA 5
Sat., Feb. 28
Arizona at No. 21 Washington, 12 noon FSN
Series: ARIZ leads, 42-22. Streak: ARIZ 1
No. 14 Arizona State at Washington State, 2 p.m. FSN NW/AZ
Series: Series tied, 32-32. Streak: WSU 5
USC at Stanford, 5 p.m.
Series: USC leads, 122-112. Streak: USC 2
UCLA at California, 6 p.m. ESPN
Series: UCLA leads, 129-95. Streak: UCLA 4
Sun., Mar. 1
Oregon State at Oregon, 7 p.m. FSN
Series: OSU leads, 181-149. Streak: OSU 1
Tip times are local to site. Associated Press Rankings.