Stanford's Johnson earns national freshman hoop honor


Already a two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, Stanford forward Kaylee Johnson picked up her first national honor on Tuesday, earning Women's National Freshman of the Week accolades from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Johnson yet again performed like a seasoned veteran on the glass in Stanford's 82-43 win over Santa Clara on Sunday night. She pulled down 22 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end, to go along with nine points, two blocks and two steals.

It's the freshman's second game of the season with more than 20 rebounds. She also corralled 22 in a road game at New Mexico on Nov. 24. Johnson is the only player in the nation with a pair of 20-rebound games this season and has also already placed herself among some impressive company in Stanford history.

Chiney Ogwumike is the only other Cardinal to have multiple 20-rebound games in a career. The 2014 Stanford graduate had four in four years on The Farm. Johnson is averaging 12.4 rebounds per game this year, tops in the nation among freshmen, and 10th in the NCAA overall.

No. 7-ranked Stanford hits the road on Wednesday for a test at Chattanooga that tips at 3 p.m. PT. After that, the Cardinal will visit Tennessee on Saturday at 10 a.m.


Stanford junior Andrus Peat is one of two winners of the 35th annual Morris Trophy, given annually to the most outstanding offensive and defensive linemen in the Pac-12 Conference.

Earning the honor on the defensive side of the ball was Utah's Nate Orchard.

The award is selected by the student-athletes with the league's starting offensive linemen voting for the defensive winner and vice versa.

Peat is the fourth Cardinal -- and third offensive lineman -- to earn the award, joining Willie Howard (1999), Kwame Harris (2002) and David Yankey (2012).

The Morris Trophy is sponsored by the Washington Athletic Club, the 101 Club, Athletic Awards and the Morris Trophy Foundation. It was created by Traci (Morris) Drake in 1980 and named after her father, G. Patrick Morris.

Peat and Orchard will be presented their awards at a luncheon at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle on Jan. 15.

— Stanford Athletics

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