Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike Collects Third Pac-10 Player Of The Week Honor
Jan. 11, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 2/2 Stanford women's basketball forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the third time this season, the conference announced Monday. Ogwumike turned in her seventh and eighth 20-point scoring efforts in the Cardinal's road victories over USC and UCLA over the weekend.
Ogwumike previously took home the conference's weekly honor on Nov. 16 and Dec. 14, 2009. Monday's honor is also the conference-leading fifth this year for Stanford.
Ogwumike averaged 21.0 points and 10.5 rebounds and shot 60.0 percent from the floor (14-for-20). The Cypress, Teas native also came through in the most clutch of spots for the Cardinal, going 14-for-15 (93.3 percent) from the free-throw line over the two games.
Friday night at USC, Ogwumike posted her fifth double-double of the season with 21 points (on 9-for-13 shooting) and 12 rebounds in Stanford's 82-62 victory. Ogwumike scored her first 10 points within the first 6:42 of the game, helping Stanford get out to a 22-4 lead. She also blocked a shot and passed out an assist in the win.
Her strong play continued two days later at Pauley Pavilion, as Ogwumike once again scored 21 points, her eighth 20-point effort of the season, and grabbed nine rebounds in Stanford's 65-61 win over the UCLA Bruins. Ogwumike went 5-for-7 from the field and calmly went 11-for-12 from the line in the game, and her six points in the final 2:14 helped Stanford stave off a UCLA comeback attempt. With 2:14 to play, Ogwumike hit a layup to get Stanford's lead up to five at 59-54, then just 22 seconds later, after UCLA had cut the lead to three, she went to the line and sank a pair of free throws to get the advantage back to five.
Ogwumike would provide two more clutch plays, hitting both free throws with 1:21 remaining to put Stanford up by four, then grabbing the rebound of a blocked Doreena Campbell shot with seven seconds left to thwart UCLA's last chance.
Stanford now returns home to Maples Pavilion to host Washington State Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., then close things out against Washington on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m.
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