Stanford women showered with Pac-12 awards

Stanford women showered with Pac-12 awards
March 5, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Chiney Ogwumike is on pace to become the first player to win the Pac-12 Triple Crown, leading the conference in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike became the first player to sweep the Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards and Tara VanDerveer was voted John R. Wooden Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the 13th time Tuesday as the conference announced its regular-season honors and teams.

Senior forward Joslyn Tinkle and sophomore point guard Amber Orrange were named to the All-Pac-12 Team for the first time in their respective careers, joining Ogwumike, a junior forward who was also named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.

The conference awards and teams were voted by the conference coaches.

Ogwumike is the only player in the country to rank in the national top five in scoring (22.9 ppg – third), rebounding (12.7 rpg - fifth), field-goal percentage (59.1 – second) and double-doubles (24 – second) through the most recent NCAA update on March 4. As of the end of the regular season she is on pace to become the first player to win the Pac-12 Triple Crown, currently leading the conference in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage.

For the third straight season, and 13th overall, VanDerveer was voted by her peers as the top head coach in the conference. This season VanDerveer has guided a young Cardinal team to a 28-2 overall record, a No. 4 national ranking and its 13th consecutive and 22nd overall conference regular season crown.

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Tinkle earned the first nod to the All-Pac-12 Team of her career following the best season of her Cardinal tenure in 2012-13. The Missoula, Mont. native followed up her breakout junior season, in which she averaged 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds a game, with a season in which she is averaging 12.3 points and 5.9 rebounds with a Pac-12-best 1.90 blocked shots per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 31.1 percent from behind the arc.

Following up on her Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honorable mention a year ago, Orrange was given the reins to the Cardinal offense from the start in 2012-13. She is second in the Pac-12 with a 1.71 assist-to-turnover ratio and third with 4.33 assists per game. Yet she has proven all season that she can do damage shooting the ball as well, averaging 10.2 points a game and hitting 46.7 percent of her field-goal attempts, including 11-of-28 3-point attempts.

Stanford media services contributed to this report

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