Stanford's Ogwumike, WSU's Galdeira named players of the week

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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 Dec. 17-23. Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week, while Washington State's Lia Galdeira was selected the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.

Junior forward Chiney Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas) led the top-ranked Cardinal to a pair of road victories over ranked opponents last week. She posted double-doubles in each win, averaging 21.0 points, 17.0 rebounds and 3.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 48.6 percent from the field. She opened the week with 21 points and 15 boards with four blocks in a 53-49 win over No. 21/17 South Carolina. She then led Stanford to only its second-ever win in Knoxville, netting 21 points and grabbing a career-high 19 rebounds in the 73-60 win over No. 10/11 Tennessee. It is the third time this year Ogwumike has been tabbed the Conference's player of the week. She leads the Pac-12 with 21.8 ppg and is second with 12.8 rpg.

Earning the rookie honor for the second-straight week, guard Lia Galdeira (Kamuela, Hawai'i) led the Cougars in scoring in road contests at No. 14 Louisville and Syracuse. She scored 13 points and made three steals at Louisville then had 16 points and a team-best six rebounds at Syracuse, also hitting a pair of threes. Galdeira has led WSU in scoring six times this season including the last three games. She is the Cougars' leading scorer at 14.9 ppg and is second in the Pac-12 in steals with 32.

It is Ogwumike's fifth-career player of the week honor and Stanford's 87th all-time.

Stanford returns home to face one of its toughest opponents of the season, hosting No. 2/2 Connecticut on Saturday, Dec. 29. The game will be televised on ESPNU at 1 p.m. PT. The Cougars stay on the road, traveling to Gonzaga on Saturday.

Also Nominated:
Davellyn Whyte, ARIZ; Layshia Clarendon, CAL; Jen Reese, COLO; Jazmine Davis, WASH


Date Player Freshman
Nov. 12 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Arielle Robinson, COLO
Nov. 19 Chiney Ogwumike, STAN Jillian Alleyne, ORE
Nov. 26 Markel Walker, UCLA Arielle Robinson, COLO
Dec. 3 Taryn Wicijowski, UTAH Arielle Robinson, 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


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