Plaisted averaged 21.5 points on 61.5 percent shooting and tied the MWC single-game season high of five blocks to lead BYU to victories over New Mexico and Air Force. (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 averaged 21.5 points on 61.5 percent shooting and tied the MWC single-game season high of five blocks to lead BYU to a road win at New Mexico and a home victory over Air Force. The 6-foot-11 native of San Antonio, Texas, recorded back-to-back 20-point outings during the week while adding 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 0.5 assists per game. A 53.6 percent free throw shooter entering the week, Plaisted converted 61.1 percent of his free-throw attempts over the two games, including the clutch game winners in BYU's victory in The Pit.
With BYU trailing by one at New Mexico, Plaisted stepped to the line with five seconds left in overtime and drained two free throws in front of a sellout crowd of 18,018 at The Pit to give the Cougars a 70-69 road victory. On the night, he scored a team-best 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor and 5-of-9 makes at the line. He pulled down six rebounds and tied his season high by blocking five Lobo shot attempts. The five blocks equals the most be any MWC player this season.
Plaisted made his first four shots from the field and his first three free throws to score 11 of BYU's first 14 points against Air Force. He finished with 20 points on 7-for-11 accuracy to lead all scorers and total 20 or more points for the fifth time in the last seven games. He added three rebounds and one assist in the 76-57 Cougar win. His dunk at the 13-minute mark in the second half moved Plaisted into 17th place on BYU's all-time scoring list. He has scored 1,288 points in his three-year career.
Ivan Perez -- Men's Volleyball -- Senior -- Puerto Rico
In a weekend sweep against Pacific, Perez recorded 29 kills hitting .423. He also tallied 13 digs, six block assists, and one service ace. In Friday's match he was only one dig away from his sixth double-double of the season. He leads the team with 239 kills in addition to his .376 attack percentage on the year. Only Russell Holmes has a higher hitting percentage on the team (.453).
Alethea Boon -- Gymnastics -- Senior -- New Zealand
Senior Alethea Boon helped the BYU gymnastics team to a home victory over Southeast Missouri State last Wednesday. She bolstered a career-high 39.300 on the all-around and landed three season-high postings in every event except floor. She has participated as an all-around competitor three times this season. Her 39.300 helped her earn the all-around title on the evening. Boon also claimed the individual title in vault as she stuck a solid 9.900. That is the highest markings any BYU gymnast has earned all season.
Steve Parker -- Baseball -- Sophomore -- American Fork, Utah
Steve Parker, a 6-1, sophomore third baseman from American Fork, hit two home runs in BYU's 13-9 victory to help break a five-game losing streak. Parker's three-run homer in the eighth gave BYU its lead for good in the game. He hit a solo homer in the third. He also stole two bases in that victory. He raised his batting average from .250 to .360, batting .462 for the week with a slugging percentage of 1.000 with eight RBI and 13 total bases.
Evan Urbina -- Men's Tennis -- Freshman -- Huntington Beach, Calif.
The Cougars lone singles win against Arizona State came at the hands of Evan Urbina. The freshman successfully defeated Ravid Hazi 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 5 position. Despite BYU's 2-5 loss, the Cougars were able to come away with the doubles point to begin the match, something they had previously done only twice this season. Cassidy Mears and Evan Urbina defeated Andres Carrasco and Pat Metham 9-8 (6).
Kristina Doerr -- Women's Tennis -- Sophomore -- Alpine, Utah
Friday against Nevada, No. 46 Kristina Doerr and Dolly Chang maintained their perfect season record with an 8-2 win over Caroline Bailly and Ly-Huong. The sophomore also scored one of four points for the Cougars with a singles win against the Wolfpack's No. 47 Maria Mizyuk. Doerr continued her undefeated weekend on Saturday against Kansas as she and Chang defeated Svistum and Martinez 8-5. She was the second to score in singles after a 6-3, 6-3 win against Edina Horvath.
Carlee Clark-Platt -- Senior -- Bozeman, Mont.
Carlee Clark-Platt won the 800-meter run at the 2008 MWC Indoor Championships, running a season-best 2:08.88. Clark-Platt's time is a season best, national provisional mark and a fifth-best all-time MWC mark. She was also the anchor leg of the MWC champion distance medley relay team and was part of the MWC champion 4x440-yard relay team.
Keith Jensen -- Men's Track and Field -- Junior -- Coppell, Texas
Keith Jensen won the 800-meter dash at the 2008 MWC All-MWC Indoor, clocking a 1:53.35. Jensen was also part of the MWC champion distance medley relay team. Jensen is currently ranked No. 12 in the nation in the 800 meters with a season-best time of 1:48.85 set at the Husky Classic on Feb. 16.