Stanford senior Landry Fields actually had a mediocre week statistically, at least by his standards, but anyone who saw the Cardinal’s wins over Oregon and Oregon State last week would know why Fields was named Pac-10 player of the week on Monday.
It was the second such honor this season for Fields, who averaged 18.5 points in the Cardinal’s sweep of Oregan and Oregon State.
(Stanford swept the player of the week awards as Jayne Appel won the honor on the women’s side.)
Fields scored 21 points in Thursday’s 72-65 victory over Oregon and had 16 in the 65-55 win over Oregon State on Saturday. He was held under his league-leading scoring average of 22.2 points in both games, but he was the main reason the Cardinal (7-8 in the Pac-10) got its first two road wins of the season.
Fields has a rather typical game against Oregon, getting six rebounds to go along with his 21 points against the Ducks, but it was against Oregon State that he showed his ability to carry a team.
Although his 16 points were just two points more than his season low, he created nearly all of the Cardinal’s scoring opportunities in the final 15 minutes of the game, often driving past defenders to set up teammates. Twelve of his 16 points were scored in the final 11 minutes of the game, when the Cardinal took control.
He also controlled the boards and was the point man on the zone defense that throttled Oregon State’s attack in the second half.
Fields finished the game with 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots in what was probably the best all-around game of his career.
Fields played all 80 minutes in the two games in Oregon, helping him to become the first Stanford player to win Pac-10 player of the week honors twice since Matt Haryasz did it in 2006.
Fields is among the top contenders for Pac-10 player of the year, along with Washington’s Quincy Pondexter and Cal’s Jerome Randle. Who wins the award will be determined over the final two weeks of the regular season. This week, Stanford hosts Arizona State on Thursday and Arizona on Saturday, and then the Cardinal hosts Cal on Saturday, March 6, in its final game before the Pac-10 tournament.
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