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Rick Nixon | | February 25, 2014

Starting five

C – Ruth Hamblin, So., Oregon State

Behind the strong play of Hamblin, Oregon State has reeled off seven consecutive victories to move into a tie for third place in the Pac-12 Conference Hamblin averaged 16.5 points and 14.5 rebounds as the Beavers scored a pair of important road wins at Washington State and Washington. She had 15 points and 15 rebounds in 67-53 win against Washington State and 18 points, 14 rebounds in 77-57 win against the Huskies in Seattle.

F – Chiney Ogwumike, Sr., Stanford

The weekly accolades continue to pile up for Ogwumike. Named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the eighth time this year on Monday, Ogwumike led Stanford to a pair of road wins at USC and UCLA during the weekend by averaging 26.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in the victories. Ogwumike scored 26 points with 15 rebounds for her 20th double-double of the season against UCLA, in the process upping her career scoring total to 2,511 and passing older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2,491) for second on the Stanford career scoring list.

G – Jewell Loyd, So. Notre Dame

Loyd led undefeated Notre Dame to Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season title clinching wins against Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Duke, averaging 25.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists. In winning the ACC title a year after claiming the Big East Conference regular season title, Notre Dame became the first program to win consecutive regular season titles in different leagues since 2000-01 when TCU and Louisiana Tech accomplished the feat. Loyd had 27 points and nine rebounds against Georgia Tech, 29 points and 10 rebounds against Wake Forest and 21 points in Sunday’s 81-70 ACC title clinching win against Duke.

G – Ameryst Alston, So. Ohio State

Ohio State split a pair of games against Nebraska and Northwestern, with Alston averaging 30.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for the Buckeyes. She had a career-high 31 points in a 67-59 loss to Nebraska. Against Northwestern, Alston went 14 of 17 from the free throw line and also had three assists and two steals in a 71-62 win. Her 14 makes from the stripe is tied for second on Ohio State's all-time single-game list.

G – Tiffany Mitchell, So., South Carolina

Mitchell continues to fuel a South Carolina team that clinched at least a share of its first Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season championship on Sunday. The Gamecocks defeated Kentucky on the road 81-58 and Florida 69-55 at home to make history. Mitchell had 12 points and seven rebounds against Kentucky and 20 points, eight rebounds against Florida.  South Carolina has won nine consecutive games and will be looking for 10 when it hosts Georgia on Feb. 27.

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