Dec. 7, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today that Washington senior forward Quincy Pondexter has been named the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 30-Dec. 6.
Pondexter, who hails from Fresno, Calif., averaged 25.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 3.0 steals for the 17th-ranked Huskies who split their games against Texas Tech and Cal State Northridge last week.
In Washington's 99-92 overtime loss to the Red Raiders, Pondexter scored a career-high 31 points, shooting 10-of-17 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. He also contributed five rebounds and three steals. In Sunday's 88-76 victory over the Matadors, he scored 20 points and added seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three steals. For the week, he shot a combined 16-of-31 (51.6%) from the field and 18-of-21 (85.7%) from the free throw line.
For the season, Pondexter ranks third in the Conference in scoring (22.0 per game), second in rebounding (9.6), sixth in steals (1.9) and third in free throw percentage (.879).
This is the second weekly honor for Pondexter and Washington's 35th all-time Player of the Week.
A brief look at today's news and some notes from last night's 88-76 victory by Washington over Cal State Northridge.
Husky Poll Patter
In the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls released today, Washington dropped several spots in after suffering its first loss of the season. The Huskies are ranked 17th in the AP poll (12th last week) and 16th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (10th last week). The Huskies next opponent Georgetown is ranked 15th in the AP poll and 13th in the ESPN/Coaches poll.
Coaches Show Kicks Off Tuesday
Tuesday, December 8 marks the first of 13 Coaches Shows on Sports Radio 950 KJR, featuring Lorenzo Romar with Bob Rondeau and Mike Gastineau live from Anthony's at Shilshole in Ballard. December shows are on the 8th, 15th and 29th from 6-7pm. In January, the shows move to Mondays: Jan. 4, Jan. 11, (NO SHOW THE WEEK OF Jan. 18), Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15. Following coach Romar, women's basketball coach Tia Jackson will do her show from 7-7:30 with Steve Sandmeyer.
Huskies Dominate Inside
The Huskies were a force inside that the Cal State Northridge Matador defense couldn't handle. UW scored 46 of their 88 points in the paint, and added a season high 31 points from the free throw line. They outrebounded the Matadors a season high 50-30, including 24 offensive rebounds. The Huskies are second in the Pac-10 with a +11.7 rebounding margin. As it usually is, rebounding was a team effort for UW against Northridge. Seven Huskies had at least four rebounds apiece, led by Matthew Bryan-Amaning's 10.
Charity Stripe Success
Free throw shooting, a cause of headaches for the Huskies at times in the past, was not a problem on Sunday. The team shot 77.5% (31-40) from the stripe, including 13-15 from Isaiah Thomas and 7-8 from Pondexter. Down the stretch the Huskies excelled from the line, knocking down 14-17 in the game's final 10 minutes. The team is now shooting 74.1% FT this season, the second highest percentage in the conference.
Another Big Night For Q-Pon
When Pondexter scored the game's first bucket in the game's first possession, he passed Husky great Bobby Jones for 22nd all-time on the UW career scoring list. The senior captain scored just five points in the first half, then he ignited the entire team in the second. With 14 and a half minutes left and the struggling Huskies up just one at 48-47, Pondexter hit a three pointer, then stole a pass on CSN's following possession and led a fast break that ended with a big dunk from Bryan-Amaning. The play got the entire crowd to its feet and sparked a 20-5 Husky run. Quincy had two more show-stopping dunks later in the second half when the game was in hand for the Huskies. He needs just 38 points to tie another Husky great, Nate Robinson, for 21st on the all-time list.
Gaddy scores career high
Husky freshman point guard Abdul Gaddy scored a career high 11 points on 5-8 shooting and dished two assists. The Tacoma native and former McDonald's All-American showed some impressive ball skills against the Matadors, constantly slashing to the hoop in traffic and finishing in stylish fashion. Gaddy, one of the program's most heralded recruits, has had a slow start thus far, but has shown growing comfort with the college game. Gaddy scored on his first two shot attempts--both acrobatic layups in traffic.
Husky Coach Lorenzo Romar has made it clear that the lineups and rotation will be random and unpredictable until he figures out exactly what combination works. Romar started the game with Overton, Thomas, Turner, Pondexter, and Bryan-Amaning, only to have Gant check in for Turner just a minute into the game. Gant immediately did what he does best, the small stuff, when he took a charge on his first defensive possession.
Quality Time from Trent
Clarence Trent made the most of the time he was given on Sunday, again showing why he's one of the more valuable players coming off the Husky bench. Trent had four points and four rebounds in just six minutes of play against the Matadors. His impact was immediately when he entered the game with around 12 and half minutes left. In his first minute of play, he quickly rebounded and put back an Abdul Gaddy miss, then rebounded an Elston Turner missed three pointer and got two points at the free throw line.