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    Sanchez And Gibson Named USC's Wells Fargo Student Athletes Of The Week

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    Feb. 2, 2009

    Maria Sanchez of the women's tennis team and Taj Gibson of the men's basketball team were named USC's Wells Fargo Student-Athletes of the Week today (Feb. 2) for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1.

    The sophomore Sanchez, ranked No. 22 in the nation in singles, improved her singles record to 16-2 and her win streak to four with three straight-set wins last week. Her win at No. 2 singles vs. Long Beach State clinched that win for the Trojans. Three days later, Sanchez helped lift USC head coach Richard Gallien to his 300th career with and match-clinching win against Michigan State - this time from the No. 1 singles position. And on Sunday, Sanchez again clinched victory for USC with yet another straight-set win. Her victory from the No. 2 singles position got USC to a 4-1 win over Texas A&M to wrap up the ITA National Indoor Kick-off and secure qualification for USC at the upcoming ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the University of Wisconsin, Feb. 13-16. In doubles, Sanchez and teammate Alison Ramos improved their record to 7-4 with a 2-1 mark last week at the No. 2 position.

    Gibson began the week diagnosed with an pneumonia, but practiced Wednesday and played through both games to help lead USC to a home sweep of the Bay Area school while averaging 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 assists. The junior was the game's high scorer in USC's 70-69 win over Stanford. He then registered his 11th double-double of the season and 27th of his career with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the win vs. Cal. With the 32 points this week, he moved past Bill Sharman and Jaha Wilson and into 24th place on USC's all-time scoring list.