Stanford junior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named one of 12 finalists for the State Farm Wade Trophy, and coach Tara VanDerveer was named one of eight finalists for the 2013 Russell Athletic/WBCA Division I National Coach of the Year award Wednesday.
Ogwumike is one of two finalists from the West Coast, being joined on the list by California's Layshia Clarendon.
VanDerveer, meanwhile, is Region 8's nominee for the national coach of the year honor. Both awards will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show Monday, April 8 in New Orleans, site of the 2013 Final Four.
This past weekend the pair helped guide Stanford, the top seed in the Spokane Region, into its 20th NCAA Tournament regional semifinal with wins over Tulsa and Michigan.
Over the two games Ogwumike averaged 20.5 points and 11.5 rebounds and shot 69.2 percent. The Cypress, Texas native scored 29 points in Sunday's 72-56 win over the No. 16-seeded Golden Hurricane then followed up with her national-best 27th double-double Tuesday night, scoring 12 points with 15 rebounds in the Cardinal's 73-40 win over the No. 8-seeded Wolverines.
Through March 26, Ogwumike is the only player in the nation to rank in the NCAA's top seven in scoring (22.3 ppg; seventh), rebounding (13.0 rpg; fourth), field-goal percentage (58.0; third) and double-doubles (27; first).
In 12 games against Top 25 teams this year, she has helped lead Stanford to a 10-2 record by averaging 20.1 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.08 blocks.
Ogwumike embodies the WBCA's definition of a Wade Trophy award winner, excelling athletically for the fourth-ranked Cardinal (33-2) as well as serving as a positive role model both on and off the court.
She has not only served as a capable leader and captain in helping Stanford to its 13th straight Pac-12 regular season title and seventh straight Pac-12 Tournament crown this season, but off the court the international relations major owns a 3.41 cumulative grade-point average and was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team in February.
Through her work in the international relations field, Ogwumike, following the end of Stanford's season, will fulfill one of her major's requirements by traveling abroad to Nigeria for a dual-mission trip.
First, Ogwumike will work as an intern with the nation's Minister of Petroleum to fulfill her international relations credits.
Ogwumike, who in 2013 became the first player to earn the Pac-12's Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards, will balance that job with her outreach work with the charity "Access To Success" in helping raise $30,000 to build a basketball court for underprivileged youth in Lagos.
In just two weeks Ogwumike has already raised $2,000 towards the completion of the project.
Ogwumike will aim to become Stanford's third Wade Trophy winner, following Jennifer Azzi (1990) and Candice Wiggins (2008). Like Wiggins in 2008, Ogwumike has turned in a brilliant season on the court in leading a Cardinal team to heights many pundits did not expect them to reach, as the team defeated then-No. 1/1 Baylor in November and took over the No. 1 spot in the national rankings for six weeks, its first tenure there since March 2005.
VanDerveer, in her 27th year at Stanford and 34th overall as a head coach, has guided this year's Cardinal team to a 33-2 mark and was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the 13th time in her career.
The Naismith Hall of Famer has overseen a team that spent six weeks atop the national rankings (Nov. 19-Dec. 31), captured the Pac-12 double for the seventh straight year and is two wins away from a record sixth straight Final Four.
Her guidance has also produced career years for many in Stanford's lineup, as senior forward Joslyn Tinkle (11.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and sophomore point guard Amber Orrange (10.7 ppg, 4.17 apg) earned their first nods to the All-Pac-12 Team in 2013.
Junior Dwight Powell has been named a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Second Team All-District selection, adding to his list of honors following this season's breakthrough campaign.
Earlier this month, Powell was recognized as an All-Pac-12 First Team selection while also honored as the conference's Most Improved Player of the Year.
Yesterday, Powell was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team for the first time in his career, earning a spot on the second team.
Fully healthy and contributing consistently, Powell finally showcased the type of dynamic all-around game many expected when he first arrived on The Farm. The only Pac-12 player ranked among the league's top-10 in both scoring and rebounding, Powell averaged a team-best 14.9 points while ranking second on the squad with 8.4 rebounds per game.
In addition to compiling 10 double-doubles, Powell shot 46.7 percent overall and 79.6 percent from the foul line while totaling 72 assists, 39 blocks and 26 steals. He produced eight 20-point games while reaching double figures in 27 games overall.
Powell's totals represented a significant improvement from last season's averages of 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds and six double-figure scoring games.