Stanford forward Alanna Smith was named Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her performance over the course of the Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas, in which the Cardinal reached Saturday's championship game against Ohio State. The honor is the first of Smith's career and Stanford's 106th all-time player of the week selection.
Smith averaged a double-double of 23.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in No. 16 Stanford's second-place finish at the Thanksgiving tournament. The junior shot 64.6 percent from the field (31-of-48), 40 percent from deep and also averaged two blocks a game.
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It's the nation's only 30-point, 15-rebound double-double against a ranked team this season and the first against an AP top-10 team since Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike went for 32 points and 20 boards against No. 3 Tennessee on Dec. 21, 2013.
Smith's performance was also just the fourth by a Pac-12 player against a top-10 team since 2000 and the others are all Cardinal.
In addition to Ogwumike's in 2013, Nneka Ogwumike had 42 points and 17 rebounds against No. 6 Tennessee on Dec. 20, 2011 and Nicole Powell put up 32 points and 16 rebounds against No. 2 Tennessee on Dec. 14, 2003.
The Australian's 33-point outburst is the highest single-game total in the Pac-12 this season and the most at Stanford since Chiney Ogwumike dropped in 37 against Washington State on March 1, 2014.
Smith started with 15 points and eight rebounds in the Cardinal's 79-54 Thanksgiving Day victory over Kent State. The next night, Smith collected her fourth career double-double with a 23-point, 11-rebound performance in Stanford's 74-53 win over Belmont.
Menlo School grad Payton Mack was one of two Gonzaga players named to All-West Coast Conference teams Monday.
Mack received honorable mention and Sarah Penner earned a spot on the All-Freshman team.
Mack, a sophomore, earned her first career conference honors as she helped the Zags to a 9-9 WCC record (14-16 overall).
Mack started 21 matches at middle blocker, including all 18 WCC contests. In conference action, Mack led the team with 68 total blocks, (0.93 per set). She added 1.75 kills a set and hit .287 during the conference season, just a few percentage points off the team lead.
Mack set career highs of 12 kills (Oct. 5 versus Pepperdine), a .500 attack percentage (Oct. 12 at San Diego) and nine blocks (Sept. 23 versus Pacific) in WCC play as well.