Women's Basketball
Wirth named SEC Player of Week


Feb. 16, 2009

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt senior Christina Wirth has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, league officials announced Monday.

Wirth led the Commodore women's basketball team to a pair of impressive victories over SEC foes Florida and Georgia this past week. The Mesa, Ariz., native averaged 20.5 points per game in the two wins, helping the Commodores match their best conference record through 11 league games (9-2).

Against the ninth-ranked Gators, Wirth scored 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting and dished out a team-high five assists against only one turnover. She then put up a game-high 21 points with six rebounds and three steals in avenging a January loss to Georgia.

The Seton Catholic product has led the Commodores in scoring 11 times this season, and scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games -- versus Kentucky, Florida and Georgia -- for the first time in her career. Wirth has moved up four spots on Vanderbilt's all-time scoring list in the past week, jumping from 17th position to 13th and became only the 14th Commodore to score 1,400 points in her career.

A member of the 2009 SEC Community Service team, Wirth has been nominated for numerous postseason awards because of her excellence both on and off the court. Wirth was recently named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team, and is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

This week's conference honor marks the first SEC Player of the Week award for Wirth, and Vanderbilt's first since Merideth Marsh was so honored during the final week of the 2008 regular season.

The Commodores will play host to their final home game of the 2009 season on Thursday, Feb. 19, when fourth-ranked Auburn visits Memorial Gymnasium. Wirth and teammates Jennifer Risper and Amy Malo will be honored during Senior Night ceremonies.



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