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BOSTON — UC Davis defeated a Pac-12 team for the first time in 12 years, and extended its home win streak to 12 games — the 11th-longest in the nation — thanks to senior communication major Chima Moneke. By posting double-doubles in each game played last week, which included 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in the Aggies’ victory at Washington State, Moneke is the Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week, as announced on Monday.
In addition to handing WSU its first loss of the year — the Cougars entered this contest with undefeated overall and home records, and a sweep of its three previous played games at the Wooden Legacy tournament, which included wins against Saint Mary’s and San Diego State en route to capturing the event’s championship — a Moneke-led Aggie squad recorded the team’s first victory against a Power Five team since it topped Stanford at home on Dec. 4, 2005.
Three days before this attention-grabbing result against the Cougars, Moneke scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds to help extend the Aggies’ current home win streak.
For the week, the Canberra, Australia, native averaged 18 points and 13.5 rebounds to help push his team’s record to 5-2 entering Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. home game vs. Pacific.
He will now enter this week's schedule ranked No. 5 among all Division I players in defensive rebounds per game — 20 of 27 boards collected last week were on defense — No. 8 in double-doubles (5) and No. 9 in rebounds per game (11.4). With last week's rebounding efforts (he leads all league players with his 11.4 rpg average, nearly two full rebounds more than the next-ranked player.
The Lou Henson Award is presented annually at the end of the season to the top Division I mid-major player (a list of candidates that includes Moneke); College Insider also bestows a Player of the Week honor, based on similar criteria.
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