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    Pacific Women's Basketball: Thompson Earns First Career Big West Conference Player of the Week Nod

    Jan 4, 2010
    Becoming the first player to do so during the 2009-10 season, sophomore Christina Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.) earned her first career Big West Player of the Week award for the week ending Jan. 3, after leading the Pacific women's basketball team to its first winning streak of the season.

    Opening Big West Conference play on the road with a 76-70 overtime victory at Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Jan. 2, Thompson sealed the win with a career-high 23 points that gave the Tigers their first conference-opening win on the road since Jan. 3, 1994, when Pacific defeated Nevada on the road, 81-52. The win at Cal State Northridge last week marks two-consecutive seasons that the Tigers have won their conference opener. The last time Pacific won back-to-back conference openers dates back to the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.

    As the sophomore center stepped up over the past two games, the Tigers are on their first win streak of the season, claiming the last two and snapping a seven-game losing streak. Beginning with her 17 points against Saint Mary's on Tuesday, Dec. 29, Thompson established new career highs both nights topping the previous outing.

    Against the Gaels, Thompson tallied career highs in: points (17) rebounds (8), field goal attempts (14), free throws made (5) and free throw attempts (12).

    In only 22 minutes of action against Cal State Northridge, Thompson then re-established new career highs five nights later in the categories of: points (23), field goals (6 to tie existing career high), free throws made (11) and free throw attempts (14). Her three blocks against the Matadors also helped Thompson increase her average to 1.3 blocks per game (12 this season), which puts her as the conference's third-best blocker.

    In her weekly production, Christina shot .480 from the field and .615 from free throw line, while averaging 20.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. For her offensive numbers, Thompson now sits as the Tigers' second-leading scorer on the season, and the 15th-best scorer in Big West Conference with 99 overall points (11.0 per game).