January 24, 2011

Foster Named WCC Player of the Week for Second Time This Season

WCC Highlights from the Weekend

After putting up a league-best 36 points in the 85-71 victory over Gonzaga on Jan. 20 and then scoring his 1000th career point two days later in the 72-59 win over Portland on Jan. 22, Santa Clara redshirt-sophomore was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week Monday.  It is the second time he has been named Player of the Week this season (Dec. 6 was the other).  Leading the country with 74 threes made this season, Foster is No. 1 in scoring in WCC games (22.2 ppg) and No. 2 overall (19.3 ppg). On the week, he averaged 53.6 percent from the floor, including 45.0 percent from the three-point line and 84.2 percent from the free throw line.

"I am sure Kevin would be the first to tell you that winning both games this past weekend was more important than any individual accolades, but it was nice that he was able perform the way he did and earn this recognition," said Bronco head coach Kerry Keating.  "Our team played well against Gonzaga and Portland and responded to the challenge twice.  We have taken a good step forward and now we have to take our act on the road where it's always difficult to win."

Foster was also named the NetScouts.com WCC Player of the Week Monday.

In the 14-point win over Gonzaga, its worst loss to a WCC opponent in the regular season since 1999, Foster scored a career-high 36 points, hitting six three-pointers.  His 36 points were the sixth-best in school history at home.  He was also 8 of 10 from the free throw line, adding five assists and two steals. 

With his parents Rick and Gilda Foster in the stands, Foster scored his 1,001th career point on a three at 1:36 in the first half vs. Portland.  He was 8 of 9 from the free throw line, tying a season-high with three steals. 

Foster is the 28th player Bronco to score 1,000 career points, but the first Bronco sophomore in school history.  Junior Marc Trasolini is edging closer to 1,000 points himself as he has scored 892 points in his Bronco career and would be the 29th player in school history, and the third under Keating. Foster and Trasolini would be the first duo to both hit 1,000 career points in the same season since then-seniors Jens Gordon and Mitch Burley did it in 1988-89.  Gordon scored 522 points that season to finish his career with 1,356 and Burley scored 377 to finish with 1,258 career points.

Foster leads the country with 74 threes made this year and is No. 2 nationally with 3.5 threes per game.  He is No. 35 nationally with 19.3 ppg.  He has five games this season with 6+ threes and that is a first in school history, with no player prior to Foster scoring 6+ threes more than twice in a season.

Foster has scored 19+ 12 times this season and has hit double-figures in 20 of the Broncos' 21 games this year.  In that lone game he scored just nine points, but hit the game-winning three vs. Rice. Foster has scored 15+ points in 37 of 60 career games and he has scored 19+ in 27 career games.