St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 3, 2014 – Junior Melissa Gilkey, senior Chris Klimek and senior Jasmine Williams were each named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for their respective sports, as announced Monday by the Association.
Gilkey was named the UAA Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and fifth time in her career. Klimek received UAA Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week honors for the second week in a row and fifth time in his career. Williams was selected as the UAA Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week for the third time this season and seventh time in her career.
Gilkey averaged 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in a pair of road wins as the No. 2-ranked WUSTL women’s basketball team remained unbeaten in UAA play. She hit 3-of-6 from three-point range and 10-of-11 from the foul line in the two wins. Gilkey scored a game-high 22 points and became the 13th player in Washington University history to join the 1,000-point club in the Bears’ 65-58 win at the University of Rochester Friday. She followed that with the 15th double-double of her career, scoring 17 points and tying her career-high 14 rebounds in a 69-61 win at No. 16 Emory University Sunday. Gilkey added two blocked shots to move into a tie with Dana Bryant (1992-96) for seventh on WUSTL’s all-time career leaderboard with 86.
Klimek averaged 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as the No. 7-ranked Washington U. men’s basketball team picked up a pair of road wins to remain undefeated in conference play. He had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-75 win at Rochester Friday, and followed that with 17 points and nine rebounds in a 70-66 victory at Emory Sunday. Klimek connected on 11-of-13 from the free-throw line in the two wins. He is now 20 points shy of becoming the 21st member of Washington U.’s 1,000-point club.
Williams won the individual titles in the long jump and high jump to lead the Washington U. women to the team title at the Rose-Hulman Engineer Invite Saturday. She took first in the high jump with a clearance of 1.61 meters, and placed first in the long jump with a mark of 5.24m. It marks the fourth meet in a row that Williams has finished first in both events. She also anchored the Bears’ 1,600 relay that finished first in a time of 4:07.59.