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Stanford's McCall earns national and Pac-12 hoop honors

 

Stanford forward Erica McCall received the first weekly honors of her career on Monday when she was named both espnw National Player of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week for her performances in No. 13 Stanford's 20-point wins over No. 7 Oregon State and Oregon.

McCall posted back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in her career, averaging 25.0 points and 11.5 rebounds. She shot 56 percent from the floor and 44 percent from behind the arc, making the first four 3-pointers of her career. Stanford routed No. 7 Oregon State, 76-54, on Friday night and did the same to Oregon on Sunday, winning 69-42.

The junior captain spurred Stanford to the program's 1,000th victory in emphatic fashion against the Beavers, scoring a career-high 25 points in 26 minutes. McCall did most of her damage in the middle of the game, scoring 19 combined points in the second and third quarters as the Cardinal went up by as many as 30. She matched that point total in Sunday's 27-point win over Oregon, also pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds and nabbed a career-high four steals.

Most impressively, McCall started taking and making the first 3-pointers of her career. She was 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) from behind the arc on the weekend after attempting just one 3-pointer in her first 99 career games. She also added four blocks in the two games and now has 60 this season. Jayne Appel, Chiney Ogwumike and Joslyn Tinkle are the only other Stanford players to have as many in a single year.

McCall has 15 double-doubles this season and has scored in double figures in 14 of Stanford's last 15 games. In the Cardinal's last five, she is averaging 20.6 points on 59 percent shooting, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.

These are the first weekly awards of any kind for McCall.

Stanford, the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament in Seattle, has a bye into the quarterfinals and will play the winner of No. 5 Washington and No. 12 Colorado on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

— Stanford Athletics

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