Feb. 7, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State University freshman guard/forward Sage Romberg has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 7 Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
Coming off the bench in each game, Romberg averaged 16 points and six rebounds leading the Cougars to a sweep of the Oregon schools at Beasley Coliseum. The weekend series sweep over the Oregon schools marked the first time the program swept a Pac-10 series since January 2001, when WSU defeated USC and UCLA at Beasley Coliseum.
In the 67-64 win over Oregon State, Feb. 3, Romberg flirted with a double-double by scoring 17 points (12 in the second half), and pulling down eight rebounds to rally WSU from a 13-point second half deficit. With WSU down 48-35 at the 12:43 mark of the second half, the Cougars went on a 13-0 to tie the game at 48 with 9:07 remaining. Romberg began the run with a jumper and ended it with a 3-pointer that pulled the Cougars to their first tie with the Beavers since it was 0-0 at the opening tip.
In all, Romberg was responsible for eight points in the run. Furthermore, with the game tied at 59 with 1:17 left, Romberg hit two free throws that gave WSU a lead it would not relinquish for the rest of the game. The comeback by WSU tied for the fourth greatest in program history.
Two days later, Romberg scored 15 points in WSU's 96-90 win over Oregon. As she did in the Oregon State win, Romberg sparked a decisive run. With the game tied at 69 with eight minutes left, Romberg converted a 3-pointer that began a 15-5 run that gave WSU a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the game. The 96 points scored by WSU were the most by the team since a 96-77 victory over Appalachian State, Nov. 20, 1998, and the most in a Pac-10 game since a 102-69 win at Oregon, Jan. 20, 1991.
For the week, Romberg shot 10-of-19 from the field, including 4-of-7 from outside the arc. Additionally, she was a near-perfect 8-of-9 (.889) from the free throw line.
With a 5-6 conference mark, the Cougars have the most wins this deep into a Pac-10 season since the program was 6-5 through 11 games during the 1995-96 season.
The Player of the Week honor is the first for Romberg, and the first for Washington State since Feb. 8, 2010 when April Cook earned the award. It is the 12th all-time selection for WSU.
WSU hits the road for games at No. 3 Stanford, Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., and at Cal, Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The Cal game will be televised nationally on FSN.