March 1, 2004
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Washington sophomore Brandon Roy, who led the Huskies to their first road sweep of the Arizona schools in 20 years, was named the Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball Player of the Week, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday.
A product of Seattle's Garfield High School, Roy shot 61 percent from the field (11-of-18) and averaged 15.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in two victories last week. UW's last road sweep in Arizona came during January of 1984, six months before Roy was born.
The 6-foot-6 swingman distributed eight assists to go along with 12 points in Thursday's 89-84 upset over 17th-ranked Arizona that moved the Huskies into second place for the first time this late in the season since 1986. The win was only UW's second at McKale Center since 1984.
Roy led the team with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists Saturday as UW registered a 96-72 victory for its most convincing win ever over Arizona State. Roy converted 6-of-8 shots from the field and 6-of-7 free throws, helping the Huskies extend their current hot streak to 10 wins in their last 11 Pac-10 games.
Roy currently leads the team with a 13.6-point scoring average, the 12th best figure among Pac-10 players. He also leads the Huskies, and ranks 17th in the conference, with 5.3 rebounds per game. Roy is second on the team in both assists (87) and steals (34).
This is the first time Roy has received the weekly conference award. He is the second Washington player honored this season as Nate Robinson was the Feb. 2 Pac-10 Player of the Week.
The second-place Huskies (15-10, 10-6) close out the regular season at home this week with a momentous homestand. They can clinch at least a share of second place in the final standings with a win Thursday against California. Approximately 1,000 tickets remain for the game that tips off at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.
On Saturday, Washington entertains top-ranked and undefeated Stanford. The game is sold out and will be televised live at 3 p.m. on ABC (KOMO 4 in Seattle).