Stanford trio still in running for Naismith Trophy


Stanford women's basketball's tri-captains -- junior Nnemkadi Ogwumike and seniors Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen -- all were named to the 30-member Naismith Trophy Midseason List, the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Monday.

The list was compiled by the Atlanta Tip-Off Clubs Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the 2010-11 season. The Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&T, will be awarded on April 4, 2011 at the NCAA Women's Final Four in Indianapolis, Ind.

All three of Stanford's representatives were named to the Naismith Preseason List at the start of the season. Stanford also tops the midseason list with three candidates. Overall, the Pac-10 boasts four names on the list, as UCLA's Jasmine Dixon joins the Cardinal trio.

Ogwumike currently leads the Cardinal in scoring (16.6 ppg) and field-goal percentage (58.4) while ranking second in rebounding (7.9 rpg, 181 total). An All-American a year ago, Ogwumike is now a finalist for all three major player of the year awards this season -- the Wade Trophy, the John R. Wooden Award, and the Naismith Trophy.

The Cardinal's leading rebounder with 182 total rebounds (7.9 rpg), Pedersen is currently the only Cardinal player to rank in the team's top three in scoring (12.6 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg) and assists (3.13 apg). She has also posted six double-doubles in 2010-11, and has also climbed into the upper echelons of the Stanford record book.

The breakout star of 2010-11, Pohlen has stepped into the national spotlight thanks to a string of phenomenal performances against some of the nation's elite beginning in December. She turned in 23- and 24-point efforts at then-No. 22 DePaul and then-No. 6 Tennessee, then went for 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists in an 89-52 rout of then-No. 4 Xavier.

Her career night came Dec. 30 at Maples Pavilion, as Pohlen led Stanford in snapping No. 1 Connecticut's record 90-game winning streak with a 31-point, nine-rebound, six-assist game in which she went 8-for-15 from the field and 5-of-9 from behind the arc.

Pohlen currently ranks among the top of the Pac-10 in scoring (15.8 ppg), 3-pointers made per game (2.7), 3-point field-goal percentage (44.1) and assists (4.92 apg).

The Stanford trio has led the third-ranked Cardinal to a 22-2 overall record, and a perfect 13-0 start to Pac-10 play.

This weekend, they lead the Cardinal to Los Angeles for road games at USC and No. 9 UCLA, with a chance to not only claim a double-bye into the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals, but also take the inside track to the program's 11th straight conference title.


The Stanford women remained No. 1 in the nation while the Cardinal men moved up to No. 7 in this week's Campbell/ITA Rankings.

Senior Hilary Barte is ranked No. 2 in the nation in women's singles while defending NCAA singles champ Bradley Klahn is No. 7 on the men's side. In doubles, the Cardinal tandem of Barte and Mallory Burdette is No. 3.

Aaron Juarez/Stanford Sports Information

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