SDSU's Jené Morris Named Mountain West Co-Player of the Week
Jan. 5, 2009
SAN DIEGO - For the third time in as many weeks, a San Diego State women's basketball player has been recognized by the Mountain West Conference, as junior guard Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) earned league co-player-of-the-week honors, the MWC office announced Monday. Morris, who also garnered the award back on Dec. 22, shares this week's edition with Utah's Kalee Whipple.
Morris led the Aztecs to a historic win last Tuesday, recording a game-high 24-points and eight steals in a 60-55 upset of fourth-ranked and previously unbeaten Texas in the finale of the San Diego Surf `N Slam at Cox Arena. San Diego State's win is its first over a ranked opponent in 14 years since downing No. 6 Alabama, 79-76, on Dec. 28, 1994, in Jamaica, N.Y.
Morris, who garnered tournament MVP honors, scored 15 of her 24 points, was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point land and grabbed four offensive rebounds all in the second half. She had seven steals in the first 20 minutes of the game and ended up with eight in all to tie for fourth in league history.
The junior currently leads the league and is fifth in the nation in steals per game with a 3.80 mark and ranks seventh in the MWC in scoring with 15.4 points a contest. She has recorded 20 points or more in three games this season and has led the team in points on six occasions.
With Morris' award, San Diego State has now earned three Mountain West Conference player-of-the-week honors already this season, the program's most in a single campaign in the 10-year history of the league.
The Aztecs, who earned a pair of votes in this week's Associated Press poll, open 2009 and Mountain West Conference action with a nationally-televised game (CBS College Sports) against Air Force at 6 p.m. PT at Cox Arena.