Shaina Pellington earns Pac-12 & ESPN national player of the week honors

Shaina Pellington is coming off 54 points in wins over ranked teams, Utah and Colorado (Stephanie van Latum/Special to AllSportsTucson.com)

Information from Arizona’s media-relations department:

Fifth-year guard Shaina Pellington has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and ESPN Player of the Week, as announced by both organizations on Monday.

Pellington is the first Pac-12 Player of the Week honoree from Arizona since Feb. 15, 2021, when Cate Reese earned it.

The honors come after a pair of huge performances over the weekend in which the fifth-year averaged 27.0 points per game on 67.7 percent shooting. She had a career-best 35 points in the win over No. 4 Utah along with eight rebounds and five assists.

She is the only player in the league and one of two in the nation with that stat line in a game this season. Her 35 points additionally tied the sixth-most in a single game in program history.

The Pickering, Ontario, native continued her hot streak in the win over No. 21 Colorado with 19 points, three rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal. In that game, she scored her 1,500th career point, becoming the second active Wildcat to cross that threshold. Her two blocks against the Buffs tied her career best.

Pellington ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 55.3% as well as in steals per game with 1.8.

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