UCLA senior guard Darxia Morris (Pasadena, Calif.) was named the Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 21-27 after leading the No. 11/9 Bruins to a road sweep at the Arizona schools and a clinch of second place in the Pac-10 standings with a 24-3 overall and 14-2 conference record. The wins also gave UCLA a school-record 12 road wins on the year.
Morris scored 13 points in both games and totaled seven assists, three steals and zero turnovers. In the 74-70 win at Arizona, Morris had crucial plays down the stretch, hitting a big three-point shot with 1:18 to play to increase a tight UCLA lead to 66-61. She then had a steal, which led to a free throw by teammate Doreena Campbell to make it 67-61 at the 54-second mark. In the win at Arizona State, Morris had 11 second-half points as the Bruins pulled away to defeat the Sun Devils, 61-45. Her offensive burst sparked a game-changing 20-2 run that turned a 28-28 game into a 48-30 Bruin advantage. Morris averages a team-best 12.6 points per game and has a team-leading 53 steals.
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Former UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers tested at the NFL Combine, and his 40-yard dash results leave a bit to be desired: 4.80 and 4.83. Ayers speed was never his biggest selling point – his freak athleticism and strength are – but that’s not a good time for an NFL linebacker.
Ayers will have a chance to improve his times for scouts at UCLA’s pro day, but I wonder how those numbers will affect his draft stock.