Redshirt senior driver Paul Rudolph claimed his first-career MPSF/KAP 7 Player of the Week honor Monday following his standout performance in No. 4 Stanford's thrilling 17-16 overtime water polo win over No. 2 USC in Los Angeles.
Rudolph, a graduate of Sacred Heart Prep, scored four goals in the contest, including the game-winner as time expired in overtime. Three of Rudolph's goals came during overtime, in which both teams combined to score nine goals.
The second of those three goals was also a buzzer-beater. With the Cardinal trailing 15-14 near the end of the first overtime period, Rudolph fired home at the horn to tie things up at 15-15. After USC took a 16-15 lead early in the second session, the Cardinal equalized behind Alex Bowen's goal, then dug in on defense to set up Rudolph's heroics.
The win improved the Cardinal to 18-4 overall and to 6-1 in MPSF play, also clinching for the Cardinal a top-three seed in Nov. 29-Dec. 1's MPSF Tournament in Stockton.
Rudolph's honor is the second for Stanford this season. Freshman goalie Drew Holland claimed the honor on Oct. 21 after Stanford's 8-6 win over then-No. 2 UCLA.
Senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. It is her second award in as many weeks and also extends her conference record to 11 Pac-12 weekly honors.
Ogwumike and the Cardinal went 2-1 last week, falling at No. 1 Connecticut Monday before bouncing back with victories over Cal Poly and UC Davis this past Friday and Sunday, respectively. Over the three games, Ogwumike averaged 26.7 points and 13.0 rebounds while shooting 59.6 percent from the field (34-for-57). She also posted double-doubles in all three games.
Ogwumike opened the week with 16 points and 13 rebounds in Monday's 76-57 loss in Storrs, but Friday against Cal Poly enjoyed a career night, setting new personal bests in points (36) and field goals (15) as she went 15-for-19 from the field as well as grabbing 11 rebounds in Stanford's 86-51 victory. She finished the weekend with 28 points in 13-of-22 shooting and 15 rebounds in Sunday's 66-48 win over UC Davis.
Through the season's opening four games Ogwumike leads the Pac-12 with 27.5 points and 13.3 rebounds per game and is third in the conference with a 65.2 field-goal percentage.
No. 5/6 Stanford (3-1) heads out of town for its next four games beginning with Saturday's contest at Texas at 10:30 a.m. PT. Following that, the Cardinal travels to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for the 2013 Hardwood Tournament of Hope, taking on No. 18/22 Purdue, Florida Gulf Coast and South Dakota State Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 24-26, respectively.
The Cardinal road trip also features a chance at history as head coach Tara VanDerveer is currently just three wins away from becoming the fifth women's basketball head coach to join the 900-Win Club.
Stanford middle blocker Carly Wopat has been selected as the Pac-12 women's volleyball Defensive Player of the Week.
Wopat led the team defensively to wins at Oregon (3-1) and Oregon State (3-0) last week, improving the Cardinal to 20-5 overall and 13-3 in the Pac-12. She averaged 2.00 blocks per set and 0.57 digs per set while also leading the team with 4.36 points and 3.29 kills per set.
Wopat registered her first double-double of the season at Oregon, tallying 10 kills and a season-best 12 blocks. As a team, the Cardinal produced a season-high 18 blocks against the Ducks. At OSU, Wopat led all players with 13 kills to go with two blocks and two digs as Stanford remained undefeated in the all-time series (58-0) against the Beavers.
Wopat earns the sixth weekly award from the Pac-12 of her career (second defensive) and her second this season. Stanford paces the conference with 86 weekly awards all-time.
Stanford plays host to third-ranked Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Washington State on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.