PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRITTNEY GRINER (Baylor, Sr., Center)
- Baylor’s star senior, Griner is known for her offensive performances and phenomenal dunks, so it comes as no surprise when she has a game as impressive as the one vs. Kansas State on Sunday. Griner scored 29 points, which has put her career scoring total at 2,770 points. As for her famous dunks, she impressed the crowds with her 10th career dunk.
GAME OF THE WEEK
(No. 5) STANFORD @ (No.7) CAL–Tuesday 1/8/13 & Sunday 1/13/13
- After having their 82-game home winning streak snapped late last month against Connecticut, the Cardinal showed they are still the top team in the conference. Chiney Ogwumike provided the bulk of the scoring with 26 points, but also helped hold the Bears back with 3 steals and 3 blocks. Layshia Clarendon scored 17 points to lead the Bears offensively. It was a tight game that the Cardinals could not pull out of until the second half. Joslyn Tinkle had an easy layup that gave the Cardinal a 52-46 lead with 6 minutes left in the game. The Cardinal’s star player, Ogwumike then came up with the biggest play of the night after Cardinal got the ball at half court with two seconds on the shot clock and got the layup. After that, it was game over. The Bears could not recover. This would be the 23rd time in the past 26 home games that the Bears have lost against Stanford.
- Despite the loss to Stanford on Tuesday, Cal got a second chance to show their Bay Area rival what they’re made of and this time, it was on Stanford’s turf. The Golden Bears held Ogwumike to only 18 points this game and allowed some of their offensive stars shine in a 67-55 Cal victory. Sophomore Brittany Boyd had 19 points while senior Layshia Clarendon, had 14. Junior guard Mikayla Lyles scored 11 of her career-best-matching 14 points over the final 6:04 of the first half. From there on out, Cal began crushing Stanford’s 10-game winning streak and their 3-year reign over the PAC-12 conference. It is very likely that these two teams will meet again in the PAC-12 Conference Championship; and the rivalry continues.
(No.14) UCLA @ (No.6) STANFORD—Friday 1/18/13 @ 11pm ET
- No. 6 Stanford is coming off of their loss at home versus Cal, which gets people to start wondering if they can continue their Pac-12 supremacy. UCLA is currently on a 6-game winning streak and have a 5-0 road record, so this will be no small feat for Stanford. The Cardinal’s star junior forward, Chiney Ogwumike is the player to watch. Ogwumike has an average of 21.6 points per game and is always expected to have an outstanding offensive performance.
Madison Zanotto covers Women’s Basketball for NetScouts Basketball.