Jan. 14, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior guard Jessica Wilson was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week for the week ending January 13, it was announced Monday. Wilson averaged a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds in the Gauchos' league wins over UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton in the Thunderdome last week.
In Thursday's victory over the Anteaters, Wilson scored seven consecutive points during a span of 1:32 in the waning moments of the second half to give the Gauchos an 11-point lead with 1:29 remaining. Her play helped put the game out of reach after UCI had tied the score at 55-55 with 5:16 left to play. The Sacramento, Calif. native finished with 13 points, five rebounds, and four steals as UCSB held on for the 76-68 win.
Wilson was even better on Saturday against Cal State Fullerton, scoring 11 of her 17 points in the final four minutes of regulation and in overtime, helping UCSB erase a 10-point deficit with 5:37 remaining. She tallied six of the Gauchos' nine points in the extra session and hauled in six rebounds in overtime alone. In all, Wilson racked up 17 points and 11 rebounds to record her second double-double of the season and ninth of her career.
With the pair of victories, UCSB improved to 4-0 in Big West play and has now won its last five contests overall.
This is Wilson's first Player of the Week award this season and the fourth honor of her career. Chisa Ononiwu took home the award on November 26 after averaging 18.5 points and shooting 52% from the field in contests with Loyola Marymount and No. 3 Maryland.
Wilson and the league-leading Gauchos return to the court this Saturday when they take on Central Coast rival Cal Poly. Santa Barbara will battle the Mustangs, who are also 4-0 against conference foes, at 4:00 p.m. in Mott Gym.