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.
This is Morris’ second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor this season and in her career. She last earned the weekly nod on Nov. 22, 2010. It is the 43rd all-time selection for UCLA.
The Bruins close the regular season at home hosting Washington on Thursday, Mar. 3 and Washington State on Saturday, Mar. 5, before heading to the Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament. As the No. 2 seed, UCLA begins play in the semifinals on Friday, Mar. 11 at the Staples Center. For more information on the tournament, visit www.pac-10.org