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Washington State’s Averie Collins (16) kicks the ball against Montana on Aug. 30 at Lower Soccer Field in Pullman, Wash.

Averie Collins was exactly what Washington State needed.

After picking off the opening pass of overtime against Gonzaga, the Bozeman native needed just nine seconds to streak up field before unleashing a left-footed screamer from 22 yards out just inside the post and into the back of the net.

She propelled the No. 17 Cougars (4-0-0) to a 1-0 finish in overtime over Gonzaga last week in Spokane, Washington. For her efforts, Collins was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week as announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.

This was the first time Collins won such an award at WSU and the second time in her career. The senior grad transfer previously earned the award on Oct. 18, 2016, after scoring the game-winning goal for Stanford against Oregon State.

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Washington State's Averie Collins (16) was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. 

This season, Collins scored once in WSU’s 6-0 win over Montana and twice in a 6-3 win over James Madison. In all, Collins has scored a team-high four times on just nine shots while adding an assist for a WSU-best nine points.

Additionally, the golden goal against the Zags was the second of her career with her first remarkably coming against WSU in 2016 while at Stanford.

Collins was a part of three straight Pac-12 championships in three seasons for Stanford, helping the Cardinal win the 2017 national championship as a junior.

She finished her Stanford career with 10 goals, five assists and 25 points. She graduated from Stanford with a degree in management science and engineering last spring.

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Washington State's Averie Collins (16) has scored four times this season, once against Montana on Aug. 30 at Lower Soccer Field in Pullman, Wash.

Collins graduated from Bozeman High in 2015 as a Gatorade Montana Player of the Year and a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America Montana player of the year winner.

Establishing herself as one of the most reliable and potent offensive weapons in the Cougars’ arsenal, Collins came up big for WSU on the road at Gonzaga Thursday night.

“We’re very proud of the group,” WSU head coach Todd Shulenberger said afterward. “And Averie, what a goal she had tonight.”

Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.