Video: Arizona's Candace Nicholson named Pac-12 defensive player of the week

Arizona's Candace Nicholson collected her first defensive player of the week award of her career after helping the Wildcats down rival Arizona State 3-1 in the final home match of her collegiate career. The win helped the Wildcats reach the elusive 20-win mark for the season.

In the match against the Sun Devils, Nicholson set a career-high 36 digs, which also tied the Pac-12 high for the 2013 season. Nicholson's 36 digs are only one shy of the school single match record of 37.

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With her performance against Arizona State, Nicholson now owns the school career record for digs with 1,620, and single-season record for digs with 490.

Nicholson and the Wildcats are now preparing for the NCAA tournament, where their first-round matchup pins them against New Mexico State in San Diego on Friday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. PT.

Read more about her performance this past week and other award winners in the Pac-12 Conference's release.