Minnesota's Dalianliz Rosado lies on the court as Texas' Chiaka Ogbogu (11) celebrates a kill during an NCAA tournament match in Omaha, Neb., on Dec. 17, 2015. (Nati Harnik/AP Photo)

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Texas’ Chiaka Ogbogu pairs a school record with a Big 12 honor

Posted November 6th, 2017

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Before this season, the Big 12 had never recognized Chiaka Ogbogu’s efforts on defense.

The conference has since made up for that.

Ogbogu was named the Big 12’s defensive player of the week on Monday. It was the third-such award for the Texas senior this year. A three-time All-American, Ogbogu had earned the conference’s weekly offensive and newcomer awards before this season.

In last week’s wins over Kansas State and Texas Tech, Ogbogu registered 19 blocks. In the 3-1 conquest of Texas Tech on Saturday, she set UT’s all-time block assists record. With 499 total blocks in her career, Ogbogu is 32 blocks shy of Errica Hibben’s school standard.

The 6-2 Ogbogu leads the nation with her 1.81 blocks per set. Texas is averaging a NCAA-high 3.32 blocks per set.

For the fourth straight week, Texas (19-2) earned the No. 3 spot in the AVCA’s national poll. The Longhorns will host TCU on Wednesday.

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