Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - December 30, 2011

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NATIONAL HONORS . . . Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who played her best on the national stage last week, was duly rewarded as she was named the United States Basketball Writer's Association (USBWA) National Player of the Week on Tuesday. Ogwumike also was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. The senior forward put together a national player of the year-worthy effort in last week's 97-80 win over Tennessee, setting career highs with 42 points and 19 field goals (in 27 attempts) while grabbing 17 rebounds. She also added three assists and a pair of blocks. It was Ogwumike's first 40-point game, eclipsing her previous career high of 38 points set against Oklahoma at the 2010 Final Four. It was also just the seventh 40-point performance in Stanford history, tying for fourth on Stanford's single-game scoring record list with Jeanne Ruark's 42-point game against East Carolina on Dec. 20, 1979. Ogwumike scored eight points with four rebounds and four assists in just 13 minutes in Stanford's 90-48 win over CSU Bakersfield two days later to cap off her week . . . Stanford senior Teresa Noyola, whose playmaking prowess and ball-handling excellence helped lead her team to the 2011 national championship, has won the Honda Sports Award for soccer. Her selection by the Collegiate Women Sports Award Program recognizes Noyola as the country's top female player in her sport. The senior midfielder from Palo Alto High scored the game-winning goal in Stanford 's 1-0 victory over Duke University at the NCAA College Cup finals. Noyola earned first-team All-American honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, becoming only the second Stanford player to receive three consecutive first-team honors.

Stanford finished the season undefeated, and Noyola's squad amassed a four-year record of 95-4-4. Noyola had 15 assists for the year and 60 in her college career, the second highest in Stanford history behind Christen Press. A math and computational science major, Noyola also was honored as the NSCAA and Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She carried a 3.52 cumulative grade-point average through her junior year. The Honda Sports Award is presented annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. As a Honda prize recipient, Noyola becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup.

COACHING CORNER . . . The Palo Alto Babe Ruth baseball program has openings for head coaches and team managers for the spring 2012 season. Tryouts will be in late January 2012. Those interested should contact the league at pabr.baseball@gmail.com. For more details, go to www.pababeruth.org.

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