Jeffery “doubles-up” On pac-12 Player of the week honors

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BOULDER — On the heels of back-to-back double-double performances, University of Colorado senior Chucky Jeffery was named the Pac-12 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 3-10, the league office announced on Monday.

The Pac-12 Player of the Week honor is Jeffery’s second of the season and third of her career. She was also recognized on Dec. 17, 2012, after guiding the Buffaloes to wins over Denver and then-No. 8 ranked Louisville, and as a junior on Dec. 5, 2011.

A 5-foot-10-inch guard from Colorado Springs, Colo., Jeffery averaged 18.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in leading No. 21 (AP)/25 (USA Today Sports/Coaches) Colorado to home wins over Oregon State (61-47) and Oregon (84-59) this week.

Jeffery has recorded double-doubles her last three games, the third such stretch of her career. She had 22 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high three blocked shots against Oregon State. Jeffery’s scoring total put her over the 1,500 point milestone and also moved her into 10th on CU’s all-time scoring list (currently at 1,520). Friday’s double-double marked the 10th 20-10 double of her career and third this season. Jeffery hit 8-of-12 free throw attempts and drained 2-of-3 from 3-point range.

Against Oregon, Jeffery scored 15 points, grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and dished out three assists in 29 minutes. She hit a season-high three 3-pointers, finishing at 62.5 percent from long range on the week (5-of-8). It was Jeffery’s fourth career double-double with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds. Her three assists also moved her into fourth place on CU’s all-time list with 445.

Jeffery’s honor is Colorado’s sixth overall Pac-12 weekly award and fifth this year. Arielle Roberson is a three-time winner of Pac-12 Freshman of the Week this season. Remarkably, Jeffery’s overall Player of the Week award is Colorado’s first during a conference schedule since Reagan Scott earned Big 12 Conference honors on Feb. 24, 1997. The Buffaloes had several Rookie of the Week winners over the years during Big 12 league play, including Jeffery in 2010, and current head coach Linda Lappe in 1999.

Riding a three-game winning streak, CU remained at No. 21 in the Associated Press Women’s Basketball Top 25 poll, released Monday.

Colorado, 18-5 overall and 7-5 in the Pac-12, received 188 points, up from 162 last week. All five of Colorado’s losses have been to ranked teams, including two each to Stanford and California ranked No. 7 or better at the time. Stanford and California remained at No. 4 and No. 6 respectively, while UCLA moved up two spots to No. 15.

The Buffaloes do have one top 10 win on their resume, a 70-66 win over then-No. 8 Louisville on Dec. 14. The Cardinals are currently ranked No. 10.

The Buffaloes have resided in the AP poll for the last nine weeks, reaching as high as No. 20 twice - Dec. 31 and Jan. 21. CU’s nine-week run in the AP poll is its longest since appearing in all 19 polls of the 2003-04 season.

The Buffaloes have a long history of rankings in the AP poll, dating back to the 1980-81 season. This week’s ranking marks the 167th time Colorado has appeared in the AP poll, trailing only Stanford, USC and UCLA among Pac-12 schools.

The USA Today Sports Coaches poll is scheduled to be released on Tuesday. Colorado was No. 25 in last week’s coaches’ poll.

Colorado, 18-5 overall and 7-5 in the Pac-12, continues league action this weekend with a pair of games in Arizona. The Buffaloes will face Arizona on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. and will take on Arizona State on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m.