Ogwumike named Pac-12 Player of the Week


Nnemkadi Ogwumike played a supporting role in Stanford's women's basketball win over Cal State Bakersfield last Thursday. Her starring role in the Cardinal triumph over Tennessee was enough to earn her the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors it was announced Monday.

Ogwumike averaged 25.0 points and 10.5 rebounds a game and shot 69.7 percent from the field in the two wins for the fourth-ranked Cardinal.

Ogwumike had the best performance of her career to date in Stanford's 97-80 victory over sixth-ranked Tennessee last Tuesday. She scored a career-high 42 points, just the seventh 40-point game in Stanford history, and tied for the fourth-highest single-game scoring output in program history.

Ogwumike was 19-of-27 from the field and grabbed 17 rebounds. The 22nd all-time 40-point performance in Pac-12 history, it was Ogwumike's first 40-point game at Stanford.

The Cardinal also earned a 90-48 win over CSU Bakersfield with Ogwumikerecording eight points, four rebounds and four assists in 13 minutes of play.

It is Ogwumike's sixth-career Player of the Week honor and Stanford's 80th all-time.

The Cardinal open Pac-12 play this week, traveling to USC on Thursday and UCLA on Saturday.

Cross country

Freshman Aisling Cuffe will lead the USA junior women's team at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge on Jan. 7.

Cuffe was the top junior finisher for Team USA at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Teams from the United States, Great Britain and Northern Ireland and a select European team will compete in men's and women's junior and senior races. Each country competing in the International Team Challenge will consist of nine athletes per team (six on the junior teams) with the first six athletes per team (first four on the junior teams) scoring. In cross country, the team with the lowest overall score wins.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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