Stanford's Appel And Ogwumike Named Wade Trophy Finalists
March 23, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's basketball standouts Jayne Appel and Nnemkadi Ogwumike were named among 12 finalists for the Wade Trophy Player of the Year award, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Tuesday.
Ogwumike, the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year, and Appel, a 2009 State Farm Coaches' All-American and 2010 All-Pac-10 selection, were on the short list of 12 finalists. Stanford was one of three schools, along with Connecticut and Ohio State, to have two players on the list.
Ogwumike has enjoyed a breakout 2009-10 season, leading the Pac-10 with 18.5 points per game and a 62.9-percent shooting percentage to go with 9.5 rebounds per game in becoming Stanford's 14th Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Ogwumike is averaging 21.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the field.
Appel in 2009-10 has rebounded from offseason knee surgery to earn All-Pac-10 Team honors after averaging 13.7 points and 8.9 rebounds a game and shooting 54.7 percent in 2009-10. She is averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game over just 19.0 minutes in the NCAA Tournament while nursing a sprained right ankle.
Over the course of the season, Appel has broken both the Stanford and Pac-10 all-time rebounding records, and currently stands at 1,237 heading into this weekend's regional semifinal in Sacramento. Appel also became only the third player in school history to reach both the 2,000-point and 1,000-rebound career marks.
The Cardinal, behind the play of Appel and Ogwumike, advanced to its 17th Sweet 16 with a 96-67 win over Iowa Monday night. Stanford will open regional play Saturday night, March 23 against No. 23/- Georgia at Arco Arena in Sacramento.