Duke's Odom, Stanford's Smith are this week’s Wade Watch Spotlight players

Leaonna Odom, Duke

Odom is averaging 6.7 rebounds per game and 13.6 points per game this season for the Blue Devils. She is shooting 52.6 percent from the field. In the 2018 NCAA Tournament, she helped lead Duke to the Sweet 16. During the tournament she averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game. She entered that season as a candidate for the Katrina McClain Award as the top power forward in NCAA Division I. She was also an All-ACC Academic Team selection.

Odom made an immediate impact on the team in her freshman year by averaging 8.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and being named to the All-ACC Freshman Team. She became the eighth Blue Devil freshman to score 20 or more points in an NCAA Tournament game. In her sophomore season, she had three triple-doubles and scored a career-high 25 points in an NCAA first-round game against Belmont. She also ended the season ranked sixth in the ACC with a 52.9 field-goal percentage.

Alanna Smith, Stanford

Smith has helped lead Stanford to an 18-3 overall record while remaining unbeaten at home so far this season. She is averaging 20.9 points per game and shooting 45 percent from 3-point range. She also is averaging 8.1 rebounds and has 50 blocks this season. She is also on the watch lists for the Naismith Trophy, John R. Wooden Award and Katrina McClain Award.

The Australia native started all games last season as a junior and averaged 13.5 points, seven rebounds and 1.77 blocks per game. This placed her second on the team in scoring and rebounding and first in blocks. Smith was voted All-Pac-12 and was recognized an a Pac-12 Player of the Week. In the season finale against Louisville, she became the 40th Stanford player to score 1,000 points.

Release Date: 
Thursday, February 7, 2019