Nov. 12, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. -
Preseason All-American Chiney Ogwumike took home the season's first Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, the conference announced Monday.
It is Ogwumike's fourth Pac-12 Player of the Week honor. The Cypress, Texas native captured the award three straight weeks last January (Jan. 16, 23, 30). It is also Stanford's 84th conference player of the week honor, most amongst all conference schools.
Ogwumike averaged 22.5 points and 12.0 rebounds while shooting 67.9 percent from the field (19-for-28) over fourth-ranked Stanford's opening-weekend victories over Fresno State and Santa Clara. Friday night she scored 23 points with 17 rebounds and four blocks as the Cardinal extended its national-best home winning streak to 80 with a 72-61 win over Fresno State.
Two days later she went for 22 points, seven rebounds and made four steals as the Cardinal dealt the Broncos a 92-57 defeat at the Leavey Center. Ogwumike went 9-of-14 from the field against Santa Clara after posting a 10-of-14 performance Friday against Fresno State.
Against the Broncos, Ogwumike scored her 1,000th career point, becoming the 33rd member of Stanford's "1,000-Point Club." She is currently tied for 32nd with Bethany Donaphin at 1,010 points.
A consensus preseason All-American as well as an early-season candidate for the Wade Trophy and John R. Wooden Award, Ogwumike will help lead Stanford (2-0) into its biggest test of the young campaign this weekend. The Cardinal travels to Honolulu for the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic, taking on No. 1/1 Baylor Friday, Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m. PT in a rematch of last year's national semifinal in Denver.
Stanford also takes on host Hawai'i Saturday before closing the trip Sunday against Tennessee-Martin.