Redlands’ Katayama named top athlete

It was announced today that senior guard Valerie Katayama (Huntington Beach, CA) was named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Female Athlete of the Week for November 20-26. This marks the University of Redlands’ second honoree of the 2007-08 academic year.

In last week’s only women’s basketball game, Katayama played a huge role in bringing the Bulldogs back from a 13-point deficit to defeat San Diego Christian College by a score of 81-77. In the final 25 seconds of regulation, she scored Redlands’ final 10 points to send the game to overtime. Overall, she tallied a double-double with 24 points, including four three-pointers, and 11 assists. She also added five rebounds.

So far this season, Katayama leads the team with 13.3 points per game and 21 assists.

The Male SCIAC Athlete of the Week was senior basketball player Dan Winterbottom from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

The conference sports information directors nominate and vote on the athletes of the week.