U.W.’s Grabau, Woodward Named MW Players Of The Week

Wyoming’s Riley Grabau has been named the Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The weekly accolade is the first of Grabau’s career and third for a Cowboy this season. It also marks the first time since 2008-09 that Wyoming has won the award three times in one season.

The junior guard led the Cowboys to two historic wins last week in a 68-62 upset of No. 5 San Diego State at home on Tuesday and a 46-38 win at San Jose State on Saturday. UW’s leading scorer in both contests, he averaged 17.5 points, six rebounds and three assists in the two games. He shot 50 percent (10-of-20) from the field and 44 percent (7-of-16) beyond the arc, while connecting on 80 percent (8-of-10) at the free throw line. He played 39 minutes in both games.

Against the Aztecs, Grabau posted 17 points, four assists and three rebounds, while connecting on three treys. He has had four or more assists in five contests this season. Wyoming’s upset of San Diego State was its first win over a top-five opponent since downing No. 5 Utah on Feb. 12, 1998.

Versus the Spartans, Grabau tallied 18 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, while tying a career high with two steals. He also hit four threes to move into ninth on UW’s single-season chart with 63 makes this season. He has knocked in three or more threes in the last six games, as his 2.5 treys per game rank second in the MW. His 47.7 percent beyond the arc leads the conference. Grabau helped hold San Jose State to nine second-half points to tie Wyoming’s own Mountain West record, while SJSU’s 38 total points were the fewest the Cowboys have ever allowed in MW play.

Wyoming junior forward Kayla Woodward has earned Mountain West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for games played from Feb. 10-16, 2014.  Woodward averaged 23 points and 9 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game.  Woodward shot 50 percent from the field in the two wins, 17-34, and was a perfect 5-5 at the free throw line, leading the Cowgirls to two wins over San Diego State and San Jose State last week.

Woodward helped Cowgirls snap a four game losing streak to the Aztecs on Wednesday scoring 17 points and pulling down 8 rebounds.  Saturday, against San Jose State, Woodward tied her career high in points with 29 and grabbed 10 rebounds.  She also scored 8 of the Cowgirls first 16 points in the 103-80 win.

This is the first MW player of the week honor for the preseason player of the year, and it is the fifth MW weekly honor for Woodward in her career.  This is also the second straight player of the week award for the Cowgirls, sophomore point guard Marqulle Dent was named player of the week last week.