March 11, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore point guard Amber Orrange of the Stanford women's basketball team was named Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week Monday following her career-best effort in No. 4/4 Stanford's 51-49 Pac-12 Tournament title-game win over No. 14/13 UCLA.
It is Orrange's first-career Muscle Milk honor and the sixth for the Stanford women's basketball team in 2012-13.
Orrange ignited a struggling Cardinal offense by scoring a career-high 20 points, including 10 of Stanford's final 12 as the Cardinal overcame a late seven-point deficit to claim its seventh straight tournament crown and 10th overall. The Houston native gave the Cardinal the lead for good with a driving, spinning layup with 8.3 seconds remaining that broke a 49-49 tie.
Over Stanford's three games in Seattle, Orrange averaged 13.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.67 assists and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
With the Pac-12's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament in hand, Stanford looks ahead to March 18's Selection Show at 4 p.m. PT for its path to a sixth straight Final Four and third national title. The Cardinal knows it will open the draw at Maples Pavilion Sunday, March 24, but awaits word on its first-round opponent.
Also nominated: Mark Appel (baseball), Teagan Gerhart (softball), Nicole Gibbs (women's tennis), Steven Irvin (men's volleyball), Ashley Morgan (women's gymnastics), Kiley Neushul (women's water polo), Rachel Ozer (lacrosse), Eddie Penev (men's gymnastics), Chasson Randle (men's basketball), Patrick Rodgers (men's golf), Mariah Stackhouse (women's golf), Tyler Stutzman (men's track and field), Oliver Toole (sailing), Amy Weisenbach (women's track and field).