Rochestie wrested victory over UCLA (AP B. Kvartuc)
On the heels of a stellar performance against both UCLA and USC, Washington State senior guard Taylor Rochestie has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week.
The gritty play of Rochestie was the difference maker against the Bruins last Saturday. He poured in 33 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished off four assists and added two steals. As glittering as those stats are, they don't adequately describe the effect Rochestie had on his team and the outcome.
Rochestie played with a passion synonymous with Cougar student/athletes. He was focused on doing his best to help WSU defeat the Bruins in Westwood, Calif.
Rochestie was a sizzling 71%, 5-7, from behind the three-point line. Since WSU began conference play, Taylor has silenced his critics from earlier in the season who suggested that he wasn't nearly the player of previous years.
Along with nice shooting from the floor, Rochestie attempted 10 free throws, making every single one.
Best way to characterize Rochestie's performance against UCLA was that he left it all on the court.
The 33 points he scored in the upset victory over the No. 20 Bruins was a career-high. The UCLA game marks the second time this season Rochestie has scored 30+ point for the Cougs. No WSU player has accomplished that feat since Marcus Moore back in the 2002-03 season.
It wasn't a bad week in Los Angeles for the senior from Santa Barbara. With plenty of family and friends on hand for both the USC and UCLA games, Rochestie led the Cougs with 16 their loss to the Trojans. Checking the stat sheet, Rochestie led the Cougs in five categories in the USC game: scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and minutes played.
This marks the first time all season a Washington State player has been selected for the Pac-10 Player of the Week honor. Taylor becomes the 19th player in school history to earn this award.
With the extraordinary performance by Rochestie, WSU won a basketball game on the hardwood of Pauley Pavilion for just the second time in 53 tries.
The performance witnessed by Cougar Nation Saturday was the stuff legends are made of.
(Originally posted on examiner.com)
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