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Stanford's Thompson earns national player-of-the-week recognition

 

Stanford sophomore guard Lili Thompson received just recognition for her impressive start to the 2014-15 basketball season when she was named espnW National Player of the Week late Sunday evening.

On Monday, she added to that accolade by being tabbed as Pac-12 Player of the Week for her performances in the Cardinal's recent games against Connecticut and Texas.

Thompson averaged 26.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the Cardinal's 1-1 week against then-No. 1 Connecticut and then-No. 10 Texas. She scored 24 in Stanford's 88-86 overtime victory over the Huskies on Monday, ending UConn's 47-game winning streak, and backed that up with career highs in both points (28) and rebounds (7) in the Cardinal's overtime loss to the Longhorns on Thursday, 87-81.

The sophomore, averaging 26.0 points in Stanford's first three outings, is the leading scorer on the highest-scoring squad in the Pac-12 (88.3 ppg). She is second in the league in that category and is ninth in field goal percentage (.542), one of just two guards in the conference converting more than 54 percent of their shots.

Spearheading Stanford's updated attack, Thompson has put up more than 20 in each game this season and is the first Cardinal guard to do that in three straight since Candice Wiggins in 2008.

In other hoop news, Stanford senior guard Amber Orrange was among 30 players named to the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30.

Orrange is one of five Pac-12 players on the list and joined by California's Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray as well as Washington's Kelsey Plum and Oregon's Jillian Alleyne. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor and is chosen by a preseason poll of national women's college basketball media members.

— Stanford Athletics

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