National, Pac-12 basketball honors for Ogwumike

Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the fourth time this season and 13th time in her career on Monday.

Late Sunday night, Ogwumike was also named the espnW National Player of the Week, making her the first two-time recipient of that honor. She earned the very first honor from espnW back on Nov. 19, 2012.

The senior from Cypress, Texas burnished her national player of the year case by scoring 32 points with 20 rebounds, the first 30/20 game of her career and seventh double-double of the year, in No. 6/5 Stanford's 76-70 victory over No. 3/3 Tennessee Saturday. The performance capped off a week in which she also scored 32 points in Stanford's 73-45 win over New Mexico last Monday.

Ogwumike shot 63.0 percent and averaged 13.5 rebounds over the two victories. She also set a personal milestone last Monday, scoring her 2,000th-career point against the Lobos to make her Stanford's eighth player to reach that figure, and just the fifth to join the 2,000-Point/1,000-Rebound Club. She joined older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Jayne Appel, Nicole Powell and Val Whiting in that exclusive company.

On the year Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 with 26.3 points per game, is second with 11.5 rebounds a game and third with a 62.2 field-goal percentage. After this past week's 32-point efforts, she has now scored at least 30 points on four occasions this season.

Stanford (10-1) concludes its regular-season nonconference slate this Saturday with a contest at Fresno State at 6 p.m. The Cardinal, 13-time defending Pac-12 champion, opens conference play at Maples Pavilion Jan. 3 and 5 against Oregon and Oregon State, respectively.

Men's basketball

Junior guard Chasson Randle has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week for Dec. 17-22, as announced Monday by Commissioner Larry Scott.

The honor is the first of Randle's career and first for a Stanford player since Josh Huestis earned the conference's weekly recognition last February.

More impressively, Randle's honor is the first for a Cardinal player during non-conference competition since Matt Lottich accomplished the feat on Dec. 22, 2003.

Randle was instrumental in helping Stanford earn a split of its challenging East Coast road swing, which began with a 53-51 upset of No. 10/10 Connecticut and ended with a hard-fought 68-65 loss to Michigan at the Brooklyn Holiday Hoops Invitational at Barclays Center.

A native of Rock Island, Ill., Randle averaged 20.0 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 46.1 percent overall (12-26) and 85.7 percent from the foul line (12-14).

Randle played all 40 minutes in both games, becoming the first Cardinal player since Landry Fields in 2010 to log at least 40 minutes in back-to-back contests.

In 11 starts, Randle is averaging 18.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 51.1 percent overall, 40.8 percent from three-point territory and 80.6 percent from the foul line.

Men's soccer

Top Drawer Soccer honored a pair of Stanford men's soccer players Monday, naming senior JJ Koval to its Best XI Second Team and Jordan Morris to its Freshman Best XI First Team.

For Koval, the Cardinal captain, Monday's honor adds to his list for 2013. The Camarillo native was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team as well as to the NSCAA's All-Far West Region Second Team. Last week, he earned an invite to the MLS Player Combine, set for Jan. 10-14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Morris, entering the year as one of the top freshman in the country, proved that notion as he was selected to the All-Pac-12 First Team and NSCAA All-Far West Region Third Team in 2013. The Mercer Island, Wash. native also led all Pac-12 freshmen in assists (seven) and points (19) while finishing second with six goals. His six goals and 19 points were also second on the Cardinal while his seven assists paced the squad.

The duo helped pace the Cardinal to a 10-7-4 overall record in 2013 and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009. Stanford reached the Round of 16 before falling to No. 2 seed Washington, 1-0.

— Stanford Athletics


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