Here’s our Women’s recap for games through Wednesday, December 19th.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CHINEY OGWUMIKE (Stanford, Jr., Forward)
- Ogwumike is Stanford’s lead offensive player, so her standout performance on Wednesday vs. South Carolina was nothing out of the ordinary. The junior had 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks to aid the Cardinal to their 53-49 victory over the Gamecocks. She also has career-high 31 points and 13 rebounds in an easy 78-43 win over Pacific.
GAME OF THE WEEK
(No.1) STANFORD @ (No.21) SOUTH CAROLINA
- Although Stanford was able to maintain their win streak with a 53-49 victory, it was no easy feat. The Gamecocks held Stanford 25 points below their season average and caused 18 turnovers for the Cardinal. It was an all out battle between the two teams who, although are far apart in the rankings, do not have a very different record. The Gamecocks are now 10-1, while the Cardinal remains undefeated at 10-0. Stanford’s Ogwumike had 21 points and 15 rebounds, but it was junior Mikaela Ruef whose tie-breaking layup gave the team last minute momentum to carry out with the win. South Carolina’s sophomore Aleighsa Welch had a stellar offensive performance with 17 points.
(No.1) STANFORD @ (No.10) TENNESSEE—Saturday 12/22/12 @ 4pm
- Stanford is building up momentum after coming off their 10th straight win and maintaining an undefeated record so far for this season. Tennessee is in for a tough game in facing No. 1 ranked Stanford, however, Stanford’s last game almost resulted in a loss, proving that they are not completely unbeatable. Statistically, Tennessee puts up 7.2 more points per game than the Cardinal, and as Stanford’s last game proves, every basket counts. Stanford will have to count on its defense, which only allows an average of 50.8 ppg, to shut down the high scoring Tennessee offense. The Cardinal’s key offensive player is junior Chiney Ogwumike, who is leading the team in both points per game (21.6) and rebounds (12.1). The Lady Vols will be looking to Meighan Simmons to lead their offense, as she averages 17.5 ppg.
Madison Zanotto covers Women’s Basketball for NetScouts Basketball.