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Stanford freshman McPhee earns Pac-12 hoop honor

 

Following breakout performances in the Battle of the Bay against California on Wednesday and Sunday, Stanford guard Brittany McPhee earned her first Pac-12 Freshman of the Week accolade when the conference announced its weekly honors on Monday afternoon.

The award is the fourth won by a Stanford freshman this season, the top total in the league. Forward Kaylee Johnson has claimed the honor three times, including last Monday.

After playing 142 total minutes and scoring 47 points in Stanford's first 26 games, McPhee had a pair of eye-opening performances in the Cardinal's 1-1 week against Cal. The Mount Rainier product averaged 16.5 points on 59.1 percent shooting (13-of-22) to go along with 6.0 rebounds per game in 29.0 minutes off the bench.

In Maples Pavilion on Sunday McPhee looked her most comfortable on the court. She scored a career-high 24 points to lead all scorers in a personal-best 36 minutes. The freshman made 10 of her 16 shots from the floor and almost single-handedly pulled the Cardinal back from a nine-point, first-half hole.

She scored 15 and made 7-of-10 in the opening 20 minutes with acrobatic finish after acrobatic finish. McPhee tied her career-high with six rebounds, became the sixth Stanford player to score 20 or more this season and the eighth different Cardinal to lead her team in scoring.

Her 24-point outing was the most for a Stanford freshman since Nnemkadi Ogwumike poured in 27 in the NCAA Tournament second round against San Diego State on March 23, 2009.

Called on to add energy and aggressiveness when Stanford faced a double-digit deficit at Cal on Wednesday, McPhee provided that and more, scoring nine and grabbing six rebounds in her most floor time since December, sparking her team to victory.

No. 19 Stanford (20-8, 12-4) closes out its regular season when it travels to Oregon for its only meetings of the season with the Beavers (Thursday, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) and Ducks (Sunday, 1 p.m., ESPNU).

Men's gymnastics

Stanford sophomore Akash Modi was named one of 15 members of the U.S. Senior National Team after competing this past weekend at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, Nev.

Modi placed ninth in the all-around, finishing fourth on parallel bars with a 29.300 and tying for fifth on floor with a 29.950. He had strong showings on high bar (28.850) and vault (29.850), placing sixth and 10th, respectively.

Six Cardinal gymnasts competed in the final round of competition at the Winter Cup Challenge, including Modi, Brian Knott, Michael Levy, Robert Neff, Sean Senters and Ryan Sheppard.

Women's lacrosse

Stanford players swept Mountain Pacific Sports Federation weekly honors after the Cardinal opened the season with a pair of victories, including 12-10 over No. 12 Notre Dame.

Fifth-year senior Rachel Ozer was Offensive Player of the Week, junior Adrienne Anderson was Defensive POW, and goalie Allie DaCar won Rookie of the Week honors.

Ozer scored a team-high four goals against Notre Dame, including the game's most crucial goals, to lead a big early-season victory and a 2-0 start to the season. Ozer was three-for-three on free-position shots. She put Stanford ahead for good, 4-3, to complete a rally from an early 2-0 deficit. When Notre Dame cut the deficit to 7-6 early in the second half, Ozer again scored on a free-position to spark a 5-1 run that gave Stanford enough cushion to pull out the victory.

Anderson played flawless defense, holding Irish All-America and leading scorer Cortney Fortunato without a goal and to only one assist. The Stanford defense was put to the test throughout the game, but forced the Irish into a series of long-range or poor shots. Anderson also often led Stanford's transition offense and provided an assist in the Cardinal's 22-7 season-opening victory over Fresno State on Wednesday.

DaCar started the first two games of her collegiate career, and had eight saves against Notre Dame and withstood 37 shots. She also had a ground ball and a caused turnover. DaCar had three saves and two ground balls in one half of play against Fresno State.

Men's tennis

Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week for Feb. 16-22, as announced today by the conference office.

Romanowicz outlasted former Menlo School standout J.T. Nishimura, 5-7, 7-5, 7-5, at the No. 4 spot to clinch Stanford's 4-3 upset of No. 14 California in Berkeley on Saturday afternoon. It marked the fourth straight win for Stanford (5-2), and the second consecutive season that the Cardinal has upset the Golden Bears on the road.

With the match tied at 3-3, Nishimura had won the first set before Romanowicz captured the second frame. In the deciding set, Nishimura held two match points – when leading 5-2 and 5-3 – before Romanowicz stormed back to capture the 7-5 victory.

Romanowicz also posted a doubles victory with Tom Fawcett at the No. 2 spot, winning 6-2 despite Stanford losing the doubles point.

Romanowicz, who clinched a team-best four matches last season, is 5-8 overall in singles play but 3-3 in duals.

Stanford returns home to host Hawaii on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Women's golf

Stanford sits in a tie for 10th, with Gonzaga, after two rounds of the UC Irvine Invitational at Santa Ana Country Club.

Lauren Kim fired rounds of 72 and 69 for a three-under 141, good for fourth, on Monday to lead the Cardinal, which has a team score of 598.

Washington leads the event with a 566.

Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse is in 21st place with a 2-over 146.

The tournament continues Tuesday.

— Stanford Athletics

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