Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pohlen, PAC-10 Player of the Week

Jeanette Pohlen was named PAC-10 player of the week for the week of March 2-8th. Believe it or not, this is her first such honor, what with being only a sophomore and surprising the heck out of coach Tara VanDerveer this year. That makes three out of the last four POTW awards for Stanford!

Pohlen helped Stanford win outright its ninth-consecutive PAC-10 regular-season title and a No. 1 seed in the 2009 Pac-10 Tournament. She also set or matched career highs in the victories over Arizona and No. 18 Arizona State. She shot 50 percent that weekend and scored a career high 21 points in the first game. Her five three-pointers tied a career high for threes. Against Arizona State, Pohlen scoring 19 points, and had five rebounds and five assists in the win.

By winning the PAC-10 regular season title (and not sharing it with Cal or even Arizona State), Stanford has the No. 1 seed in the PAC-10 Women’s Basketball Tournament for the eighth straight year. The good news is Stanford has a bye the first round and will play the winner of the Washington State vs. Arizona game on Friday, Mar. 13 at 5 PM, then again at 8:30 PM on Saturday, and the championship game Sunday at 6:00 PM. Let’s hope they play with the intensity of the Arizona State game! The even better news is Cal and Arizona State are in the same bracket and one will have to knock the other off to face Stanford in the championship game.

The bad news for C and R is they moved the game from San Jose to LA, so we can’t be there in person to catch the confetti! The even worse news is we cannot tell if any of the games are going to be on TV!

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