Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike won the Pac-12’s first player of the week honor back on Nov. 11, and fittingly she has also captured the final one, being named the conference’s top performer of the week Monday for the ninth time in 2013-14.
It is the 18th weekly Pac-12 honor of her career, and was earned over a Senior Weekend at Maples Pavilion which she capped with a career-high 37 points in Saturday night’s 84-64 victory over Washington State. Ogwumike averaged 34.5 points and 12.0 rebounds over Stanford’s two wins, which included an 83-60 Thursday-night win over Washington which avenged the Cardinal’s only Pac-12 loss this season.
Ogwumike, a two-time All-American and one of the leading candidates for national player of the year honors, was the only player in the country to rank in the NCAA top 10 through Friday in scoring (27.0 ppg), rebounding (12.1 rpg), field-goal percentage (62.2) and double-doubles (22). The updated national ranking come out later Monday.
After scoring 32 points with 11 rebounds in Thursday’s win over Washington, Ogwumike, on her Senior Night Saturday, set a new career best with 37 points to go with 13 rebounds against Washington State. The performances brought her total of 30-point games this year to 13, and raised her career scoring mark to 2,580 points, leaving her just 50 away from breaking former Stanford standout and 2008 Wade Trophy winner Candice Wiggins’ Pac-12 record of 2,629.This week, the Cardinal (28-2, 17-1 Pac-12), which captured its 14th straight Pac-12 regular-season title, begins play as the No. 1 seed at the Pac-12 Tournament at KeyArena in Seattle. With a bye into the quarterfinals, Stanford on Friday at 12 p.m. will meet the winner of Thursday’s contest between No. 8 UCLA and No. 9 Colorado.