Angeline Quiocho went 7-for-12, including three home runs and five RBI last week at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Trent Plaisted -- Men's Basketball -- Junior -- San Antonio, Texas
Junior forward/center Trent Plaisted recorded back-to-back 20-point scoring games last week to lead BYU to a road win at Colorado State and a home victory over UNLV. The 6-foot-11 San Antonio, Texas, native averaged 21.5 points on 65.4 percent shooting from the floor and 60 percent shooting at the free-throw line while adding 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists per game. For the week, he paced the Cougars in scoring and field-goal shooting and shared team-high honors in steals.
Plaisted went a perfect 9-for-9 from the field while totaling 21 points in BYU's 79-65 win at Colorado State on Wednesday. His 9-for-9 shooting night is the top field-goal performance by any Mountain West Conference player this season. He added five rebounds and one steal in his 22 minutes on the court.
Plaisted scored a game-high 22 points and threw down a season-high four dunks against UNLV on Saturday in the Marriott Center. He made 8-of-17 field goals and went 6-for-8 at the free-throw line while adding seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot in the 74-48 victory over the Rebels. He scored 10 points, including eight consecutive, during a 14-1 BYU run in the second half that put the game out of reach. During the run, Plaisted made all four of his free throws and put down two momentum-building dunks, one coming after he stole the ball on the defensive end and beat everyone down the floor to score on the other end. He totaled 16 second-half points in all while making 6-of-10 attempts to help the Cougars avenge its lone league loss of the season.
Angeline Quiocho -- Softball -- Sophomore -- Walnut Calif.
In BYU's showing at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic Quiocho went 7-for-12, including three home runs and five RBI. Her first two home runs of the week came against No. 9 Oklahoma, where her solo home run tied the game at 1-1 in the first inning, and her second home run of the week came in the fourth inning. During her final at-bat she was intentional walked to avoid any damage to the Sooners. Against Missouri Quiocho hit a two-run homer to break the 0-0 tie in the top of the seventh inning. Her hit sparked a Cougars scoring rally, and they won 4-0. Quiocho now leads the Cougars with a .593 batting average, a 1.44 slugging percentage and with seven homeruns. Also leading the Cougar starters she has only been struck out once all season.
Alethea Boon -- Gymnastics -- Senior -- Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Alethea Boon helped the BYU gymnastics team defeat Utah State and New Hampshire in a triangular meet Friday night. Boon tied for first on the floor exercises after posting a career-high 9.875 on the event. Including the help from Boon, the BYU floor squad enjoyed a season-high 49.075. The New Zealand native was the only Cougar to compete in the all-around in the meet, scoring a respectable 38.075
Thomas Shubert -- Men's Tennis -- Freshman -- Honolulu, Hawaii
Freshman Thomas Shubert pulled off a perfect 6-0 record during BYU's road trip to Southern California this past weekend. Against College of the Desert, Shubert recorded a tie-breaking singles win, contributing to BYU's sweep. At Loyola Marymount, Shubert and his partner A.J. Young provided the Cougars' only doubles win (8-5). Shubert remained undefeated on the weekend, handing his LMU opponent a 6-3, 6-5 loss at the No. 2 position.
On Monday, BYU switched things up in doubles play, as freshmen Daniel Hwang and Shubert came away with an 8-4 win after competing together for the first time this season. In singles, his hard-fought play kept his match from going into a third set, recording a 7-5, 7-5 win over his Azusa Pacific opponent.
Anastasia Surkova -- Women's Tennis -- Senior -- Moscow, Russia
Senior Anastasia Surkova ended BYU's weekend stay in Provo with a perfect 4-0 record against opponents from No. 49 Boise State and No. 72 Texas Tech. Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli defeated the No. 40-ranked Boise State duo of Polina Kokoulina and Pichittra Thongdach, 8-5. In singles, Surkova found herself in a long battle with Thongdach. Despite losing the second set, the Russian native continued to fight, eventually winning the third and final set to push the Cougars over the edge and claim the victory.
Against Texas Tech on Saturday, Surkova and Miccoli defeated Kelsy Garland and Samantha Van Der Drift 8-3 to help clinch the doubles point for the Cougars. In singles she stepped up to win her second three-set match in as many days, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0, against the Red Raiders' Van Der Drift.