Husky senior Quincy Pondexter made Washington history and equaled the Pac-10 record for conference Player of the Week awards in a season by earning his fourth nod on Monday.
Pondexter joins Oregon State's Gary Payton (1988-89), Arizona's Chris Mills (1992-93), UCLA's Ed O'Bannon (1994-95) and Arizona State's Eddie House (1999-2000) as the only four-time winners in a season. All four of those players went on to win at least a share of the Pac-10 Player of the Year award.
Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.) averaged 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds as Washington beat a pair of teams tied for first in the Pac-10 race. He combined to shoot a team-high 57.1% (16-28) from the field and 70% from the line (14-20) in an 81-75 win over Arizona and 79-56 win over Arizona State.
Against the Wildcats on Thursday, Pondexter tallied 30 points, his third 30-plus point game of the year. He added 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double this season and also dished out three assists and had one block. Pondexter had 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists two nights later as Washington handed the Sun Devils a 23-point defeat.
In the first meetings against ASU and Arizona, Pondexter was held to nine and seven points respectively, his worst scoring weekend of the season.
Pondexter now ranks sixth all-time on the UW scoring list with 1,554 career points. He ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring at 20.6 points per game, third in rebounds (8.3), first in offensive rebounds (3.6), fifth in field goal percentage (55.4%), fifth in free throw percentage (82.2%), eighth in steals (1.4) and is one block shy of being in the top 10 for that category.
Washington is riding a four-game win streak as they head to the Bay Area to face California on Thursday (6 pm, ESPN2) and Stanford on Saturday (5 pm, FSN). The Huskies are now tied with four other teams for second in the conference - one game behind California.
This is the 37th time a Husky has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times