Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named the 2014 John R. Wooden Award winner Friday night at the Wooden Award Gala in Los Angeles.
Ogwumike became honor’s first recipient from both Stanford and the Pac-12, and the honor follows a record-setting season from the Cypress, Texas native and consensus All-American. She was named to her third straight WBCA Coaches’ All-America Team at the Final Four in Nashville this past weekend in addition to earning her second straight nod to the Associated Press’ All-America First Team last month. She also earned All-America nods to the John R. Wooden Award, ESPN, and USBWA teams for the second year in a row.
Ogwumike finished the campaign as the only player in the nation to finish in the NCAA top 10 in scoring (26.1 ppg – fourth), rebounding (12.1 rpg – ninth), field-goal percentage (60.1 – fourth), and double-doubles (27 – third). She swept the Pac-12’s Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards for the second straight year, with the defensive honor being her third in a row.
Her performances helped lead Stanford to a 33-4 record and the program’s 12th Final Four appearance and sixth in the last seven years in 2013-14. The Cardinal also claimed its 14th consecutive Pac-12 regular season title and posted a perfect 16-0 record at home.
Ogwumike set numerous career and single-season records at both the school and conference levels this season. On Jan. 3 she became the Pac-12’s all-time leading rebounder, passing former teammate Kayla Pedersen’s benchmark of 1,266, and went on to finish her career with 1,567 rebounds. Over two months later, in an NCAA Tournament First Round game against South Dakota on March 22, Ogwumike passed former Stanford star Candice Wiggins’ mark of 2,629 points to become the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer, finishing her career four games later with 2,737 points.
She also set new Stanford career benchmarks for field-goal percentage (58.9) and field goals made (1,100), besting the previous marks of Jeanne Ruark Hoff (58.6) and older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike (965), respectively. Her total of 1,100 field goals is also the Pac-12 career record.
Her sum of 967 points in 2013-14 also stands as the Pac-12 single-season benchmark, while she set new single-season conference marks with nine Pac-12 Player of the Week honors and 18 for her career.
At the NCAA level, Ogwumike’s rebounding total (1,567) ranks fifth all-time, while her scoring figure of 2,737 ranks 25th. Her 967 points this season goes down as the sixth-highest single-season total in NCAA history.
Off the court, Ogwumike showed her academic and creative versatility. In February she was named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, and to the Academic All-America Team by CoSIDA for the second straight season. A month later, she was named the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year prior to the Pac-12 Tournament.In mid-March, she wrote and helped perform Stanford Athletics’ newest hit single, “N-E-R-D-S (#NerdAnthem)” which has become the soundtrack to the postseason runs of both the Stanford women’s and men’s basketball teams’ runs to the Sweet 16 and beyond. Reaching tens of thousands of hits and shares over social media while uniting Nerd Nation behind the Cardinal athletic programs, the follow-up to her and Nneka’s 2012 hit “Nerd City Kids” has become the rallying cry of the Stanford athletic department and its fan base.