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UCLA's Onyenwere Named Pac-12 Player of the Week

 

January 7, 2021

UCLA senior women's basketball player Michaela Onyenwere (21) scored 33 points to help her team beat No. 8 Oregon last week. That victory helped the Bruins move into the top 10 at number nine. They play four home games in the next two weeks against Colorado on Friday at 4 p.m. and Utah on Sunday at 1 p.m. Next weekend they face Washington on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Washington State on Sunday

Michaela Onyenwere has earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, the Conference office announced Monday. It's the third-career weekly honor for Onyenwere and the 63rd all-time for UCLA Women's Basketball.

Onyenwere becomes the second Bruin to earn Pac-12 weekly honors this season, as sophomore guard Charisma Osborne won the first Player of the Week honor of the 2020-21 season on Nov. 30. The Bruins are now the only team in the Conference with multiple weekly honorees this season.

Onyenwere earned the weekly accolade on the heels of No. 9 UCLA's victory over then-No. 8 Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday (Jan. 3). The senior had a dominant offensive performance, scoring a career-high 33 points on 12-for-20 shooting. She capped her stellar day by following her own miss for the put-back layup late in the fourth quarter to put UCLA ahead, 73-71, which proved to be the eventual game-winning basket. She also went a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. It was her third-career 30+ point game and eighth-straight game in double figures to start the season.

The senior from Aurora, Colo., also notched 10 rebounds for her 27th-career double-double. She added a pair of assists and one steal in the victory.

The performance helped the Bruins snap Oregon's 27-game winning streak. It was also the Ducks' first home loss since Feb. 22, 2019, when UCLA came back from 22 points down to secure the road victory.

Pac-12 Players of the Week

Nov. 30 – Charisma Osborne, UCLA

Dec. 7 – Haley Jones, Stanford

Dec. 14 – Brynna Maxwell, Utah

Dec. 21 – Aari McDonald, Ariz.

Dec. 28 – Jordan Sanders, USC

Jan. 4 – Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA

 

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