Add another record to Chiney Ogwumike’s file as the Stanford forward was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for a benchmark-setting seventh time this season. She eclipses her previous mark of six from 2012-13. For her career it is the 16th time that she has been recognized by the conference.
Ogwumike, a leading national player of the year candidate, entered last weekend as the only player in the country to rank in the NCAA’s top 10 in scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage and double-doubles. The new national stat rankings are set to come out Monday afternoon.
Ogwumike averaged 27.3 points and 10.7 rebounds while shooting 58.9 percent from the field as Stanford went 3-0 last week, notching a Monday-night win over USC then sweeping No. 21/19 California in a Thursday and Sunday home-and-home. The wins stretched Stanford’s winning streak to 20 games and improved the Cardinal to 21-1 overall and 10-0 in Pac-12 play. The Cardinal now owns a two-game lead in the conference standings and is in the driver’s seat for its 14th straight Pac-12 regular-season crown, and 23rd in 28 years.
She opened the week with her 10th 30-point game of the season Monday, hitting the mark on the nose as Stanford rolled to an 86-59 win over the Trojans on ESPN’s Big Monday. Ogwumike also went 14-for-21 from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Facing a California team that reached the Final Four last season, Ogwumike averaged 26.0 points and 10.0 rebounds over the Cardinal’s 70-64 win Thursday at Maples Pavilion and its 79-64 triumph Sunday in Berkeley. Thursday night her 23 points and 12 rebounds made for her 17th double-double of the season, and she just missed another 30-point game Sunday, finishing with 29 on 10-for-16 shooting with eight rebounds and four assists.
On the year Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 with 27.0 points per game and a 63.3-percent shooting rate, and is second with 12.0 rebounds and 1.86 blocks per game.Stanford, which moved up a spot to No. 3 in Monday’s Associated Press Top-25 Poll, travels to Washington this weekend, visiting Washington State Friday at 6 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network then heading to the land of the Lombardi Trophy for a Sunday meeting with Washington on ESPNU at 12 p.m.