Ogwumike Is Week's Best Again
Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the fourth time this season and 13th time in her career Monday.
Late Sunday night, Ogwumike was also named the espnW National Player of the Week, making her the first two-time recipient of that honor. She earned the very first honor from espnW back on Nov. 19, 2012.
The senior from Cypress, Texas burnished her national player of the year case by scoring 32 points with 20 rebounds, the first 30/20 game of her career and seventh double-double of the year, in No. 6/5 Stanford’s 76-70 victory over No. 3/3 Tennessee Saturday. The performance capped off a week in which she also scored 32 points in Stanford’s 75-41 win over New Mexico last Monday.
Ogwumike shot 63.0 percent and averaged 13.5 rebounds over the two victories. She also set a new personal milestone last Monday, scoring her 2,000th-career point against the Lobos to make her Stanford’s eighth player to reach that figure, and just the fifth to join the 2,000-Point/1,000-Rebound Club. She joined older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Jayne Appel, Nicole Powell and Val Whiting in that exclusive company.
On the year Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 with 26.3 points per game, is second with 11.5 rebounds a game and third with a 62.2 field-goal percentage. After this past week’s 32-point efforts, she has now scored at least 30 points on four occasions this season.
Stanford (10-1) concludes its regular-season non-conference slate this Saturday, Dec. 28, with a 6 p.m. contest at Fresno State. The Cardinal, 13-time defending Pac-12 champion, opens conference play at Maples Pavilion Jan. 3 and 5 against Oregon and Oregon State, respectively.