Ogwumike, Galdeira earn weekly honors again

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Players of the Week for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3. STANFORD's Chiney Ogwumike was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second-straight week and fifth time this season, while WASHINGTON STATE's Lia Galdeira was tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the third time this year. The five weekly selections in a season ties a Pac-12 record.

Junior forward Chiney Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas) capped off No. 4/5 Stanford's sweep of the Oregon schools Sunday with a career high of 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting along with grabbing 18 rebounds, just one shy of her career best. A national player of the year candidate, Ogwumike averaged 27.0 points and 15.5 rebounds while shooting 56.8 percent from the field, posting a double-double in both games. She scored 22 points with 13 rebounds in Friday's 86-62 win at Oregon then followed with her career-best 32 points two days later in the Cardinal's 65-45 win at Oregon State, earning Stanford its 20th win of the year and keeping the Cardinal tied atop the Pac-12 table at 9-1. Owgumike ranks fifth in the nation in scoring (22.4 ppg), seventh in rebounding (12.3 rpg) and seventh in field goal percentage (58.4). Her 17 double-doubles are the second-most in the country.

Freshman guard Lia Galdeira (Kamuela, Hawai'i) averaged 20.5 ppg, 6.5 rebounds and 7.0 spg in a pair of road victories last week, WSU's first road sweep of the Arizona schools since 1994-95. She posted back-to-back 20-point games, while shooting 47.4 percent from the floor. She opened the week with a 20-point, eight-rebound effort in the 54-43 win over Arizona State. She tallied 21 points with seven steals in the win at Arizona, scoring 12 points in the second half that sparked a deciding 19-4 run that gave WSU its first win in Tucson since 2009. Galdeira has scored at least 20 points in three-consecutive games.

It is Ogwumike's eighth-career player of the week honor and Stanford's 89th all-time. Her five selections tied the record set by USC's Cherie Nelson during the 1987-88 campaign.

The Cardinal is ranked fourth in the country in the AP poll again this week and will host Arizona on Friday, Feb. 8, followed by a Pac-12 Networks contest vs. Arizona State on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Cougars are also at home this week, welcoming USC on Friday and No. 17 UCLA on Sunday.

Also Nominated:
PLAYER:
Brittany Boyd, CAL; Alyssia Brewer, UCLA; Talia Walton, WASH; Lia Galderia, WSU.

FRESHMAN: Arnecia Hawkins, ASU; Talia Walton, WASH.

Date Player Freshman
Nov. 12 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Arielle Roberson, COLO
Nov. 19 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Jillian Alleyne, ORE
Nov. 26 Markel Walker, UCLA Arielle Roberson, COLO
Dec. 3 Taryn Wicijowski, UTAH Arielle Roberson, COLO
Dec. 10 Alyssa Brewer, UCLA Jillian Alleyne, ORE
Dec. 17 Chucky Jeffery, COLO Lia Galdeira, WSU
Dec. 24 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Lia Galdeira, WSU
Dec. 31 Nirra Fields, UCLA Nirra Fields, UCLA
Jan. 7 Cassie Harberts, USC Talia Walton, WASH
Jan. 14 Antonye Nyingifa, UCLA Jamie Weisner, OSU
Jan. 21 Gennifer Brandon, CAL Jamie Weisner, OSU
Jan. 28 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Talia Walton, WASH
Feb. 4 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Lia Galdeira, WSU

 

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