Editor's note: Charlie Creme, Graham Hays, Michelle Smith and Mechelle Voepel each vote to determine espnW's national player of the week, which is awarded every Monday of the women's college basketball season.
Jillian Alleyne found her moment, or the moment found her. Either way, she made good use of the opportunity.
The Oregon junior forward, who has been among the nation's rebounding leaders all season, scored with 1.8 seconds on the clock to cap a Ducks comeback and seal a 67-65 win over UCLA on Saturday.
Alleyne finished the game with 30 points and 25 rebounds (both season highs), two boards short of the single-game rebounding record she set as a freshman two seasons ago. She scored the final 10 points of the game for her team, bringing them back from a 14-point deficit with 13:22 to play. She came close to matching UCLA's rebounding total for the game (34).
Alleyne's performance, a high point in a season that has established her as one of the country's up-and-coming stars, earned her espnW national player of the week honors.
"I don't think I've ever had a player have a more impressive performance, and then to see her cap it off with the game-winning shot was something special," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said after the game.
Here's the thing about Alleyne's monster effort: It's just one in nearly a handful of such performances since she arrived in Eugene, Oregon.
Alleyne has had four career games already with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds, and six games with at least 20 points, 20 rebounds. Double-doubles are standard issue. She leads the NCAA with 18 this season.
But there's no question that Alleyne is excelling on a team still trying to find its way. Oregon, 9-11 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-12, has not had a breakout season under Graves, one of the highest-profile coaching hires last spring.
Saturday's win over UCLA ended a six-game losing streak and was the Ducks' first home win in conference play.
But Alleyne has been the exception, and exceptional on most nights. She ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring at 17.2 points per game and leads the conference in rebounding at 15.3 per game.
As of the past week, Alleyne ranked second in Division I women's basketball in rebounds at 14.7 per game, behind Vicky McIntire of Oral Roberts (15.3).
"I definitely came into this game wanting to prove myself," Alleyne said after the win. "Not to UCLA or anybody else, but to Coach Kelly."
Also nominated: Cheyenne Parker, Middle Tennessee State; Lizzy Wendell, Drake
Previous honorees: Nov. 24: Stanford's Thompson | Dec. 1: Chattanooga's Gilbert | Dec. 8: UConn's Tuck | Dec. 15: Notre Dame's Loyd | Dec. 22: Duke's Williams | Dec. 29: Ohio State's Mitchell | Jan. 5 Minnesota's Zahui B. | Jan. 12: Miami's Motley | Jan. 19: LSU's Ballard | Jan. 26: Oregon State's Weisner