Camille Mahlknecht Named Big West Player of the Week
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
After grabbing a school-record 22 rebounds in CSUN's first home win against UC Santa Barbara since 1984, junior Camille Mahlknecht earned Big West Conference Player of the Week honors the league office announced Monday. In addition to the rebounding record, Mahlknecht scored a season-high 21 points against the Gauchos and added 10 points, seven rebounds and six blocks in CSUN's win at Cal Poly.
A 6-3 center from Agoura, Calif., Mahlknecht was a key figure in CSUN's wins over Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. Against the Mustangs on Feb. 13, Mahlknecht helped Northridge pick up its first road win in the series since 2005 and the first by a visiting team in the series since 2010.
Two days later, Mahlknecht was an integral part of a record-setting afternoon against UC Sanata Barbara. She scored a career-high 10 field goals and had five blocks against the Gauchos. Over her last three games, Mahlknecht has 22 blocks, including a school-record 11 vs. Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 8.
"This weekend, we played two great games of basketball. It's a great honor to receive the award, but I could not have done so without the help of my teammates," Mahlknecht said. "I think we are peaking at the right time of the year."
For the year, Mahlknecht is averaging 7.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.12 blocks per game. She ranks 11th in Division I in blocks per game and her 11 against the Titans is the second-most by an individual in Division I women's basketball this season.
"We really emphasize team defense. I am glad to be in the right spot in helping my teammates and I've been working on not leaving my feet as much in practice," Mahlknecht added.
CSUN head coach Jason Flowers was excited to see his post player recognized for a historic week.
"I am extremely happy for Camille for having earned this recognition. Her effort has gone to a higher level and I'm glad that she's being rewarded," Flowers said. "We are looking forward to her continuing to improve as we get closer to the post season."
Mahlknecht and the Matadors return to action on Saturday, Feb. 22 with a road contest at UC Irvine. Tip off is slated for 4 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.