Kalani Purcell chosen as WCC Player of the Week



Kalani Purcell posted a double-double in BYU's blowout victory on Wednesday night. (BYU Photo)
Kalani Purcell was honored as Player of the Week by the West Coast Conference. (BYU Photo)

BYU women’s basketball senior forward Kalani Purcell was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week.

Purcell played two strong games last week aiding in the Cougars’ victories against Pepperdine and Pacific. She recorded double-doubles in both games, bringing her up to 11 this season.

Coach Jeff Judkins described his 6-foot-2 forward as a real presence on the court.

“What do you say? Kalani is Kalani, you know,” Judkins said after Saturday’s game. “She’s the strongest kid on the floor.”

Last week, Purcell put up 20 points, 21 rebounds, 14 assists and four steals en route to the award.

Purcell may be a star, but she knows when it comes to succeeding on the floor it takes the whole team.

“I think that us being able to help each other and get in the right spots is something that really picks it up for us,” Purcell said.

Purcell finds the open player on the court often and leads the team with 94 assists this season.

The BYU women’s basketball team is currently tied for first place with Gonzaga in the WCC and hosts Santa Clara on Thurday.

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