‘Wade Watch’ for Orrange
STANFORD, Calif. – One day after being named to the John R. Wooden Award Women’s Preseason Top 30, Stanford senior point guard Amber Orrange was among 25 players on the 2014-15 “Wade Watch” list of candidates for the prestigious award it was announced Tuesday.
Now in its 38th year, The Wade Trophy is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. During her six seasons as head coach, Wade won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen and recorded a career record of 157-23.
Orrange is one of five Pac-12 players on the list and joined by California’s Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray as well as Washington’s Kelsey Plum and Oregon’s Jillian Alleyne. Regarded as “The Heisman of Women’s Basketball,” The Wade Trophy is presented annually to the WBCA NCAA Division I Player of the Year by SHAPE America - the Society of Health and Physical Educators and the WBCA. The 25-member list is made up of top NCAA Division I student-athletes who best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade according to the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
Through four games this season, Orrange is filling up the stat sheet, averaging 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists. In last night’s 70-65 victory at New Mexico, her layup at the 3:01 mark of the first half were her seventh and eighth points of the game and the 999th and 1,000th of her career. She finished with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting and now has 1,010 in her career, one of 35 Cardinal players to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
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Orrange also added two assists and now has 441 in her career, tied for eighth in Stanford history with Molly Goodenbour (1989-83). She sits just behind a number of Stanford legends and is aiming to become the seventh Cardinal to reach the 500-assist plateau, joining Sonja Henning (757), Jennifer Azzi (751), Milena Flores (644), Jamila Wideman (585), Nicole Powell (577) and Jeanette Pohlen (560). She’s also on track to crack Stanford’s career top 10 lists for both games and minutes played.
Last Monday night, she made a go-ahead jumper with 1:38 left in overtime and the tying 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining in regulation to send Stanford to an 88-86 upset of No. 1 UConn and end the Huskies’ 47-game winning streak.
One of the most dynamic guards in the country, Orrange started all 37 games a season ago, averaging 10.3 points and 4.49 assists per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field. An All-Pac-12 selection by both the league’s coaches and its media, she was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List and earned both Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention and Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention accolades.
The science, technology and society major improved her played in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 13.0 points and 4.60 assists while shooting 51.0 percent over the Cardinal’s final five games.
No. 5/4 Stanford (3-1) will play its third ranked team in the last four games when it opens the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Shootout in Honolulu on Friday. The Cardinal starts against No. 11/12 North Carolina (4-0) at 4 p.m. PT/2 P.M. HT in a re-match of last year’s Elite Eight, which Stanford won 74-65 in Maples Pavilion. Stanford will also play the hosts, Hawaii, on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. HT and take on Prairie View A&M on Sunday at 4 p.m. PT/2 p.m. HT.