Stanford's Neka Ogwumike earns Pac-12 hoop honor


Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 28 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games last week as the Cardinal split on the road.

The senior forward led Stanford on an East Coast swing that saw Ogwumike register her second 30-point outing in just five games this season.

Ogwumike opened the week with a 22-point, eight-rebound performance in a 68-58 loss at No. 2 Connecticut. She was 9-for-17 from the floor.

She helped the Cardinal bounce back from the setback, posting 34 points and 13 rebounds in the 80-64 win at Xavier. She made 14-of-23 field goal attempts against the Musketeers and was nearly flawless from the free-throw line, going 6-for-7. For the week, Ogwumike shot 57.5 percent from the floor and 90.9 percent from the charity stripe.

It is Ogwumike's fifth-career player of the week honor and Stanford's 79th all-time.

Entering this week, Ogwumike is second in the nation with a scoring average of 25.8 points per game. Her 903 career rebounds are also just five away from tying Jeanne Ruark Hoff's 908 for fifth on Stanford's all-time rebounding list.

Fifth-ranked Stanford (4-1) returns to action Wednesday night, hosting UC Davis at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal will visit Fresno State on Sunday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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