BRIEF: Women’s basketball places three on midseason Naismith list

Feb. 15, 2011, 1:40 a.m.

Three women’s basketball players have been named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason List. Seniors Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen and junior Nnemkadi Ogwumike are three of the 30 contestants for the award, giving Stanford the most honorees of any school in the nation. The prize, named after the founder of the sport, is given each year to the top athlete in Division I basketball and will be awarded in April at the Final Four in Indianapolis.

Pedersen, Pohlen and Ogwumike were all on the preseason watch list and, as the catalysts behind the Cardinal’s current No. 3 ranking, were able to maintain their positioning based on their play thus far in the 2010-11 season. The trio accounts for the majority of Stanford’s scoring production, while Pedersen and Ogwumike co-lead the team in rebounding and Pohlen tops the squad in assists and steals.

The Cardinal (22-2, 13-0 Pac-10) continues conference play this weekend in Los Angeles.

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