Vaioletama, Kessler and Heidari Named USC Student-Athletes of the Week

    Alexyz Vaioletama of women's basketball

    Nov. 18, 2013

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    LOS ANGELES - Alexyz Vaioletama of women's basketball earns USC Women's Student Athlete of the Week honors, while Cody Kessler and Andre Heidariof the football team were named Men's Student-Athletes of the Week for November 11-17.

    USC Women's Student-Athlete of the Week: Alexyz Vaioletamahelped lift USC to its first 3-0 start to a season since 1998-99 with her 12 points and perfect visits to the free-throw line in a 65-61 Trojan win over San Diego State. The junior's 4-for-4 effort from the line marked a career best, and she also served up a team-high four assists in the win. Vaioletama was also the team's second leading rebounder with six boards. It was Vaioletama's first double-digit game of the year, having scored a total of 11 points in USC's previous two games.

    USC Men's Student-Athletes of the Week: USC quarterback Cody Kessler and placekicker Andre Heidari were named Pac-12 Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, for their performances in the Trojans' home victory over No. 5 Stanford last Saturday.

    Kessler was 25-of-37 (67.6%), a season best for completions and attempts, for 288 yards with a short TD toss against the Cardinal. After missing his second pass of the game, he connected on his next 10. He now has completed 74.7% of his passes in the past 3 games. On the year, he is 178-of-275 for 2,265 yards with 13 TDs and 6 interceptions.

    Heidari hit a game-winning 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play in the 20-17 victory over Stanford. It was USC's first game-winning last second field goal since David Bell did so at UCLA in 2000¬. Heidari also hit a 23-yarder in the second quarter. He kicked off 5 times, with a touchback and another pinning the Cardinal within the 20-yard line. The game winner was a bit of redemption for Heidari, who has struggled this season (13-of-20 field goals, 35-of-38 PATs), including missing a field goal and PAT last week at California and a PAT on USC's opening TD against Stanford in the first quarter. He was just 2-of-7 on 40-yard plus field goals this year before his game winner. In his career, he has 38 field goals.