Kenny Cox | Posted: 29 Nov 2021 | Updated: 28 Jan 2022

Gonzales earns WCC Player of the Week honors after St. Pete Showcase MVP

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Shaylee WCC

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – BYU guard Shaylee Gonzales was voted as the West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Monday after leading the women’s basketball team to a 3-0 week, including two wins over ranked teams to win the St. Pete Showcase.

Gonzales averaged 22.7 points over the three-game span to pace the Cougars and stay undefeated at 7-0 and No. 21 in the AP Top 25. The Gilbert, Arizona, product also posted 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.7 assists while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. Gonzales was also named the player of the week by ESPN women's college basketball writer Mechelle Voepel.

After scoring 24 en route to a 101-point team effort against Utah State, Gonzales scored another 24 against No. 17 Florida State to push the Cougars to a 61-54 win in the opening game of the St. Pete Showcase. Gonzales also led a swarming defense with five steals on a night where BYU picked up 14 as a team and forced 25 turnovers to knock off the Seminoles.

A preseason All-WCC selection, Gonzales went on to score 20, including hitting the game-winning free throws to beat No. 22 West Virginia 58-57 on Saturday and win the St. Pete Showcase. She was named MVP of the tournament for her performance.

Gonzales leads BYU in scoring at 18.9 points per game. She is shooting 47.1 percent from the field on the year and 84.8 from the free throw line while grabbing 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals

Last week, BYU took home the WCC Player of the Week honor with senior Paisley Harding winning it.

BYU plays in-state rival Utah in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.

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