Ojeda Named Big Sky Player of the Week

Junior center earns first weekly honor of career after a dominant performance in the paint against preseason favorite Vikings

Junior Carrie Ojeda of the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, announced Monday (Jan. 23) by the league office.

Ojeda earned the honor after leading EWU to an important win on the road against defending Big Sky regular-season champion, and preseason favorite, Portland State.

The 6-1 center posted her fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Ojeda was 9-of-14 from the floor, while also contributing three blocks, one assist and one steal. With the 75-67 victory in Portland, the Eagles remained undefeated (3-0) on the road in the 2011-12 Big Sky season.

Eastern was able to upset the Vikings on their home floor after going on a 20-7 run in the final five minutes of the contest. During the surge, Ojeda had three rebounds, one block and scored four points for the Eags.

“Carrie’s performance against Portland State was certainly one of the keys to our victory,” said EWU head coach Wendy Schuller. “I thought she dominated the paint in every area. Offensively, defensively, on the glass - she was just really aggressive and did a great job.”

“We are just so proud of Carrie because of how far she has come as a player,” added Schuller. “She is a testament to what hard work and perseverance can do. As a coach, that is what you want to see in a player - development and growth, both personally and on the basketball court. Carrie has taken major strides throughout the course of the year, and we look forward to watching her continue to get better and better.”

Since the start of the 2011-12 Big Sky season, Ojeda has averaged 12.6 points per game and 8.6 rebounds, both of which rank in the top 15 in league-only statistics. Ojeda leads the entire conference in blocked shots, averaging 1.8 per game, and is in the top 10 for field goal percentage.

She has posted four double-doubles on the year, three of which have come in league play.

Ojeda and the rest of the Eagle squad will be on the road again this weekend, as they travel to the Montanas. Eastern faces the Lady Griz on Thursday (Jan. 26) in Missoula, before playing Montana State on Saturday (Jan. 28) in Bozeman.

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