French Lands Big West Player of the Week Award

Cortney French
 
Cortney French
 

Nov. 26, 2012

IRVINE, Calif. - After leading the UC Davis women's basketball team to a pair of victories and earning the Husky Classic Tournament's Most Valuable Player award, senior Cortney French was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week it was announced on Monday.

The award is the first for French in her Aggie career.

French made her season debut on Friday against Navy and was welcomed back in a big way, scoring a career-high 23 points in the Aggies' thrilling 66-63 overtime victory over the Midshipmen. Her 23 points came on 8-of-11 shooting as she also tied a career-high mark with five three pointers.

With just six seconds left in regulation, fellow senior Blair Shinoda dished a ball out to French who sank a trey to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Against Houston Baptist on Saturday, French scored 16 points in UC Davis' 77-64 victory. She shot 5-of-13 from the field and hit three treys, all of which came in the first half. Additionally, she grabbed a team-high six rebounds and a career-high four steals in the win.

On the weekend, French averaged 19.5 points per game, shot 54 percent from the field and was 8-of-17 from three-point range, leading to her selection as the tournament MVP.

UC Davis returns to The Pavilion for the first time since the Nov. 9 season opener as the Aggies host No. 1 Stanford on Friday at 7 p.m.