The occasion couldn’t have been bigger. Putting an 11-0 record on the line. Traveling to Tempe, where the No. 18 Arizona Wildcats hadn’t won since 2000. Missing important teammates due to fouls or injuries. Cate Reese answered the bell with a double-double against Arizona State and claimed the Pac-12 Player of the Week award for the second time this season.
Reese scored 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Wildcats seal a 58-53 win. She added a steal and a block to her stat line. In a game where Aari McDonald missed over a quarter due to foul trouble, Arizona desperately needed their second-year forward to step up. She did, as she has all season.
The former McDonald’s All-American is averaging 14.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting 51.9 percent from the field in her sophomore campaign. On the defensive end, she’s adding 1.4 steals and one block per game. Those are all improvements over her freshman season when she was selected to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team.
This is the second Player of the Week award for Reese both the season and for her career. The Wildcats have taken the award three times this year with McDonald winning after the team defeated Texas in week two.