Pac-12 hoops honor for Stanford's Samuelson, Brown


Stanford senior forward Bonnie Samuelson was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for her performances in the Cardinal's recent games against UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara, the conference announced Monday afternoon.

It's the first such honor for Samuelson, who led the Cardinal to a pair of victories over the visiting Aggies and Gauchos to close out nonconference play.

In a 71-59 victory over UC Davis last Monday, the senior sharpshooter scored a career-high 30 points, was 8-of-13 from the field, 6-of-10 from deep and an uncharacteristic 8-of-10 at the line. She had made 44 consecutive free throws before missing her first since Dec. 2013 late in the first half.

Samuelson set a personal best in made field goals and tied her previous high in 3-pointers, hitting six for the fifth time. She became the first Stanford player not named Ogwumike to score 30 in a game since Jeanette Pohlen poured in 31 against Connecticut on Dec. 30, 2010.

Samuelson followed that up with nine points from a trio of 3-pointers in just 15 minutes in Stanford's 90-34 romp over UC Santa Barbara on Sunday. On the week, Samuelson averaged 19.5 points and made nine of her 15 attempts from behind the arc (.600). She was 2-of-4 on shots from inside the 3-point line.

A career 38.5 percent 3-point shooter, Samuelson has made 19 of her 42 attempts this season (.452) and 175 in her career, just three shy of cracking Stanford's all-time top 10. She is 26-of-57 overall from the field (.456) this season and her 93.3 percent clip on free throws (28-of-30) leads the Pac-12.

No. 15 Stanford (8-4) opens up its Pac-12 schedule in search of its 15th consecutive conference title when its hosts Colorado on Saturday at 7 p.m. Each of Cardinal's games the rest of the season will be televised, beginning with the Buffaloes on the Pac-12 Networks.

Men's basketball

Stanford senior Anthony Brown has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week for Dec. 22-28, as announced Monday by the Conference office in a vote of media who cover Pac-12 men's basketball.

It's the first career honor for Brown and the first for a Cardinal player this season. Stanford was honored with two selections last year, as Josh Huestis (Feb. 24) and Chasson Randle (Dec. 23) received recognition.

A native of Fountain Valley, Brown scored a season-high 25 points in Stanford's 74-71 overtime upset of No. 9/9 Texas on Dec. 23. Brown drove inside for the go-ahead basket with 1:08 left in overtime and connected on 9-17 from the field while knocking down all four of his three-point attempts.

Brown was also 3-3 from the free throw line, adding four rebounds, two steals and a block while playing a career-high 41 minutes.

— Stanford Athletics

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