Nnemkadi Ogwumike expected to play Thursday
Reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year Nnemkadi Ogwumike is expected to play for No. 4 Stanford in its home game Thursday night against Arizona after being tested for concussion-like symptoms.
A preseason All-America pick, the 6-foot-2 junior forward and Stanford's second-leading scorer landed on her shoulder in the second half of Sunday's 78-45 rout of rival California. While her head didn't hit the ground, she was experiencing headaches right after the fall.
Tara VanDerveer said Ogwumike was held out of practice Tuesday, though she rode the stationary bike. Ogwumike participated in Wednesday's workout but was limited to non-contact activities.
''She was fine,'' VanDerveer said. ''She is having no headaches. She's doing well.''
Ogwumike is averaging 16.6 points and a team-leading 8.5 rebounds for Stanford (10-2, 1-0 Pac-10), which snapped Connecticut's NCAA record 90-game winning streak with a 71-59 win at Maples Pavilion last Thursday night for its 52nd straight victory at home. The Huskies dropped a spot in this week's rankings to No. 2, while Stanford moved up five slots to fourth.
The Cardinal, coming off a third straight trip to the Final Four and an NCAA runner-up finish to UConn, are seeking their 11th straight conference crown. They play Arizona State at home on Saturday.