When Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike takes the floor on Tuesday night to face North Carolina in the Stanford Regional final at 6 p.m., she'll do so as a newly minted Associated Press All-American.
Ogwumike has now collected three All-America honors this season to date, being named to the USBWA's team Monday morning, and to ESPN's team two weeks ago. She was joined on the five-player AP first team by Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland).
Ogwumike, the Pac-12's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, leads Stanford (32-3) into regional-final action tonight against the No. 4-seeded Tar Heels (27-9), with a trip to the Final Four in Nashville at stake. A win would send the Cardinal to the Final Four for the 12th time in program history and sixth time over the past seven years.
Ogwumike has more than done her part in helping the Cardinal get to this point, averaging 26.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game and shooting 60.8 percent from the field, figures that, along with her 25 double-doubles, have her as the only player in the nation to rank in the national top 10 in each of those categories.
Two days ago, Ogwumike posted her 25th double-double of the season with 29 points and 15 rebounds in Stanford's 82-57 regional semifinal victory over No. 3 seed Penn State. Over the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Ogwumike is averaging 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and shooting 59.2 percent from the field.
Stanford's scheduled 7 p.m. game at California on Tuesday night has been cancelled, due to threat of rain.
Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins has been chosen to serve as one of two head coaches for the 2014 Reese's Division I College All-Star game, as announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
The game will be played as part of Final Four on Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Dawkins will coach the West All-Stars, headlined by Oklahoma's Cameron Clark, California's Justin Cobbs, Northwestern's Drew Crawford and Baylor's Cory Jefferson. Maryland's Mark Turgeon will coach the East All-Stars.
Despite losing two starters and two key reserves to season-ending injuries, Stanford (23-13) advanced to the Sweet 16 for only the fifth time in school history following upsets of New Mexico (58-53) and Kansas (60-57) in its first NCAA Tournament appearance in six years. The Cardinal reached the 20-win plateau for the third time under Dawkins, who has compiled a 117-87 overall record during his six years on The Farm, which also includes a 2012 Postseason NIT title.
Junior Patrick Rodgers has been named the Pac-12 Conference Men's Golfer of the Month for March, as announced Tuesday by the conference.
The Avon, Ind., native paced the Cardinal with a pair of first-place finishes as Stanford tied for second at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters and took top team honors at The Goodwin with a 20-stroke victory.
At the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas, Rodgers fired a 1-over 271 (74-69-74) to take individual honors by two strokes. He then established a tournament record at The Goodwin with a 14-under 196 (63-69-64) to win by six strokes over USC's Rico Hoey. The Goodwin, played on the Stanford Golf Course, has been held annually since 1968.
Rodgers has now taken three straight medalist honors and four this season. For his Stanford career, he has won nine tournaments and is just two wins shy of matching Tiger Woods' school record of 11 victories.
With Stanford's performance in March, the Cardinal moved up to No. 6 in the latest Golfweek rankings.
Stanford earned a spot for the NCAA championships qualifiers with the fourth best score (440.688) in the nation, the NCAA officially announced Tuesday.
The national qualifier, which consists of two pre-qualifying sessions, will be conducted April 10 at the Crisler Center on the campus of Michigan.
Three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals session.
Final competitions will take place April 11-12, also at Michigan.
Two of Stanford's stars from its 11-10 victory at No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday were honored as Mountain Pacific Sports Federation players of the week.
Lucy Dikeou, a sophomore midfielder from Denver, was named MPSF Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four goals, including the winner, against the Irish.
Kelsey Murray, a freshman attack from Wilmette, Ill., was named MPSF Rookie of the Week after scoring a combined four goals with four assists during road victories over Cornell and Notre Dame.
The four goals equaled the most Dikeou has scored in a game, though this one was huge for the Cardinal, helping lift it five spots to No. 8 in the IWLCA rankings. Dikeou also caused four turnovers, had two ground balls and a draw control to help the Cardinal rally from a 9-6 second-half deficit.
Dikeou's winner came as she drove through a small window in the defense. As two defenders collapsed on her she bounced a perfectly placed shot inside the right post. Dikeou also helped Stanford beat Cornell, 17-9, earlier in the week with an assist, four ground balls, two draw controls, and a caused turnover.
Murray launched Stanford's rally at Notre Dame by scoring two goals during a pivotal 4-0 second-half run. She scored the first of those goals and then tied it, 9-9, with 11:40 left. Murray had scored two goals and had four assists against Cornell.
Stanford returns home this weekend with games Friday at 7 p.m., against Denver, and Sunday at 1 p.m. against Colorado. Denver, the 2013 MPSF regular-season champion, joins Stanford among four MPSF teams without a conference loss.
Stanford's game at San Jose State scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. has been canceled due to wet conditions. A make-up date and time has not been decided.
Stanford will travel to Arizona this weekend as it resumes Pac-12 play. The series begins Friday at 7 p.m. (PT), continues Saturday at 6 p.m. and concludes Sunday at noon.
Stanford extended its season-high winning streak to six, blanking No. 22 Boise State 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Coming off a three-match road sweep, the Cardinal (9-2, 2-0 Pac-12) continued its momentum by knocking off its highest-ranked opponent of the year.
The Broncos (18-4, 2-0 Mountain West) were one of the nation's hottest teams, having entered the contest on an eight-match winning streak.
With rain in the forecast, the teams agreed to play singles first and Stanford quickly ripped off four victories.
Anthony Tsodikov and Robert Stineman gave the Cardinal breathing room with a pair of 6-2, 6-2 wins on the back courts at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively.
Inside the stadium, John Morrissey posted a 6-1, 6-4 triumph at the No. 1 spot minutes before Maciek Romanowicz contributed a 6-4, 6-3 victory at the No. 2 position.
Next up for Stanford are challenging road matches at No. 2 USC (Friday, at 1:30 p.m.) and No. 3 UCLA (Saturday, at 1 p.m.).
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