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Atonye Nyingifa Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  01/14/2013

Jan. 14, 2013

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Players of the Week for the week of Jan. 7-13. UCLA's Atonye Nyingifa was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week, while Oregon State's Jamie Weisner was tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.

Redshirt junior forward Atonye Nyingifa (Torrance, Calif.) led No. 14 UCLA to a pair of double-digit home wins over the Washington schools. The Bruins opened last week's games with a 78-52 win over Washington State and then posted an 85-68 win over Washington. In both contests, Nyingifa led the Bruins in scoring with 17 points. She added a team-high seven rebounds, three steals and two assists against the Cougars, and eight rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Huskies. She has scored in double figures in a season-best five-consecutive games. For the week, Nyingifa averaged 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists per game, while also posting outstanding shooting percentages in the two contests, shooting a combined 73.7 percent from the field (14-for-19) and 85.7 percent (6-for-7) from the free throw line.

It is Nyingifa's first-career player of the week honor and UCLA's 47th all-time.

UCLA travels to the Bay Area to take on a pair of top-10 foes in No. 6 Stanford on Friday, Jan. 18 and No. 7 California on Sunday, Jan. 20. The game against the Cardinal will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, while Sunday's clash will be televised on ESPNU.

Also Nominated:
Davellyn Whyte, ARIZ; Janae Fulcher, ASU; Brittany Boyd, CAL; Chucky Jeffery, COLO; Patricia Bright, OSU; Chiney Ogwumike, STAN; Ariya Crook, USC; Jazmine Davis, WASH; Tia Presley, WSU.

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