The Palouse Mall Student-Athlete of the Week recognizes Cougar student-athletes for their performance in the athletic arena each week. Check the official website of Cougar Athletics, WSUCougars.com, each week for the latest honorees.
Feb. 28 - March 6
Chad Arnold, Baseball (In the opener of a four-game series vs. Utah, Arnold (2-0) tossed the first complete game of his career and held Utah to four hits in a 5-1 win during game one of a doubleheader, March 5. The WSU right-hander retired 21 of 22 men he faced during one stretch and came within two outs of a shutout.)
Liudmila Vasilieva, Tennis (Swept the Arizona schools in singles, and contributed a doubles win against No. 39 Arizona. Defeated her third nationally-ranked opponent this year with a win over Arizona's No. 89 Natasha Marks, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, helping the Cougars to an upset victory over the Wildcats.)
Feb. 21 - Feb. 27
Derek Jones, Baseball (Batted .438 (7-for-16) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic in Lubbock, Texas, to lead the Cougars to a 4-0 record over the weekend. The Snohomish native hit safely in all four games against Bethune-Cookman and Texas Tech, notching a double, two home runs, three RBI, a stolen base and seven runs scored.)
Elisabeth Fournier, Tennis (For the week, Fournier went 2-0, defeating New Mexico's Bonner 6-3, 6-2 and Boise State's Lauren Magale, 6-4, 7-5. For the season Fournier is 19-3 in singles, including an 11-0 mark in dual match play. That streak ties for the fifth-longest dating back to the 1996 season.)
Feb. 14-Feb. 20
Matt Argyropoulos, Baseball (Argyropoulos was 4-for-6 with a double, home run, four RBI and three runs in the Cougars' two-game sweep of Seattle at Bailey-Brayton Field, Feb. 20-21. He had three hits and a sacrifice fly in an 11-6 win, Saturday and add a single and RBI in WSU's 23-0 victory the following day.
KiKi Moore, Women's Basketball (Moore led the Cougars in both points (19) and rebounds (nine) in WSU's first win over USC in Los Angeles in more than a decade, Feb. 18.)
Feb. 7-Feb. 13
Holly Parent, Track & Field (At the Husky Classic Indoor meet Feb. 13, Parent, a freshman from Victoria, B.C., bettered her NCAA PQ mark in the high jump with her leap of 5-11 1/2 (1.82m) for second place.)
Klay Thompson, Men's Basketball (Averaged 23.5 points games at Stanford and at Cal; scored 19 points at Stanford and followed that up with 28 at Cal, the second most in a Pac-10 game for his career.)
Jan. 31-Feb. 6
April Cook, Women's Basketball (Scored a career-high 33 points against Arizona State on national television, leading the Cougars to their first win in Tempe, Ariz. in more than 13 years and ending an 11-game losing streak to ASU. Her scoring output is the most by a Cougar in more than a decade, and ranks tied for ninth on WSU's all-time single-game scoring list. Named Pac-10 Player of the Week, only the second Cougar to win the award in the last 13 years, and the first in nearly four years).
DeAngelo Casto, Men's Basketball (Tallied a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in 78-60 win vs. Arizona, Feb. 6. The 19 points was a game-high and also a career high for the sophomore).
Nikola Koprivica, Men's Basketball (The 6-foot-6 forward/guard had arguably the best first half of his career. Getting his first start of the season and 23rd of his career, Koprivica scored 13 first half points. He finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, compiling his first career double-double. Koprivica was nearly perfect in the first half as he was 4-for-5 from the field, 3-for-3 from beyond the 3-point arc and 2-for-3 from the free throw line. He finished the game with three assists and a blocked shot in 34 minutes, just one minute shy of his season-high of 35 which came in WSU's double overtime game against Oregon back on Dec. 31.)
Liudmila Vasilieva, Tennis (Vasilieva has posted a 5-1 dual record in No.1 singles this spring as a freshman and has a 15-2 record for the season. She beat No.54 McCall Jones of Brigham Young University two weeks ago, as well as No. 47 Pittchitra Thongdach of Boise State during the fall season. This week against Montana State University and Eastern Washington University, she was 2-0 in No.1 singles, and 1-0 in No.2 doubles, contributing to Washington State's 7-0 victories over both schools.)
Trent Arrivey, Track & Field (Won Cougar Indoor Invite men's high jump with an NCAA Automatic Qualifying, meet record and national-leading height of 7-feet, 4 1/4 inches. Arrivey is a three-time All-American and the defending Pac-10 high jump champion. His lifetime-best mark in the high jump if 7-4 1/2 [2009 outdoors].)
April Cook, Women's Basketball (Averaged 14.5 points per game against USC and UCLA, including 19 points vs. UCLA)
Jeshua Anderson, Track & Field (Won the 60m hurdles and the 800m run at the Eighth Annual WSU Open Indoor meet. Anderson, the two time outdoor national champion in the 400 IM hurdles, won the men's 60m hurdles in a time of 8.10 seconds after running 8.08 in the prelims, and won the 800m run in a time of 1-minute, 54.34 seconds.)
Michaela Ahlin and Rugile Mileisyte, Swimming (Each won two races [including a pool record apiece] in a dual meet at Seattle. Ahlin won the 200 butterfly with a record time of 2:04.13 as well as the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:03.35. Mileisyte won the 400 freestyle relay in a pool-record time of 3:31.45 and the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.80 seconds. In addition, both were part of two relay teams that set pool records.)
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