March 21, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sam Child, a University of San Diego women's basketball recruit that will attend USD beginning in the fall of 2007, has just been named the Oregonian's Class 6A girls State Player of the Year.
Child, a 6-0 senior at Tualatin High School in Portland, Ore., had a dominating senior campaign in helping lead her team back to the state 6A playoffs and into the quarterfinals this season. She paced the team with a 19.5 points per game average, an eight-point improvement from her junior season, averaged 5.7 rebounds per game, 3.6 steals per game and 2.4 assists per game. She set the school single-game record with a 38-point game and also set several school single-season records. She now holds the single-season records for points (526), field goals made (212) and steals (96). For her efforts this season, she was also named first-team All-Tournament and was named the Pacific Conference Player of the Year.
"This is a tremendous honor for Sam. We feel extremely fortunate to have a student-athlete of her caliber joining our University of San Diego women's basketball program," said head coach Cindy Fisher. "To be named Player of the Year in the State of Oregon is a huge accomplishment and she joins a very elite group of players to carry that title."
Child finished her impressive high school career as the second-all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,139 points. She is only the second player in the history of the school to score 1,000 or more points.
Child was also a stand-out on the Tualatin girls volleyball team, earning second-team All-Conference honors, as well as on the track team. She has placed herself in the varsity top-10 list in both the 100m and 300m hurdles with times of 16.7 seconds in the 100m and 49.42 seconds in the 300m hurdles.