Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike was among 30 women’s basketball players named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 List, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Tuesday.
Ogwumike is one of four Pac-12 players on the list, being joined by California’s Brittany Boyd and Gennifer Brandon as well as Washington’s Jazmine Davis. The list was compiled through a poll of national college women’s basketball media members.
Ogwumike is one of two 2013 John R. Wooden Award All-Americans on this year’s list, with Baylor’s Odyssey Sims being the other. Back on Oct. 8 Ogwumike was named to the WBCA’s Preseason Wade Watch List for the Wade Trophy Player of the Year award.
Stanford’s returning All-American enters 2013-14 following a record-setting 2012-13 campaign, becoming the first player in Pac-12 history to capture the conference’s Triple Crown by leading the loop in scoring (22.4 ppg), rebounding (12.9 rpg) and field-goal percentage (58.3). Her performance helped Stanford to a 33-3 record, its 13th straight Pac-12 regular season title, seventh straight Pac-12 Tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Ogwumike’s performance earned her a bounty of honors. She was named to the WBCA Coaches’ All-America Team for the second year in a row and was voted to the Associated Press All-America First Team a year after making the AP’s second team. Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Player of the Year for the first time in her career and also nabbed her second straight Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award, becoming the first player to earn both honors, and in a single season to boot. She also received a pair of votes, the second-most of any player, in the Associated Press’ National Player of the Year election last March.
Her 466 rebounds last season broke the single-season Pac-12 record held by older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike (376 – 2009-10) and she enters this season with 1,121 career rebounds, just 147 away from breaking the Pac-12 record of 1,266 held by former Stanford teammate Kayla Pedersen (2007-11). Additionally, Ogwumike set the Stanford single-game rebounding record with 24 last Feb. 24 against Oregon. On the scoring front, her 805 points in 2012-13 fell just four short of the Stanford single-season record held by Nnemkadi Ogwumike (809 – 2011-12).
After a Nov. 3 exhibition against Vanguard University, Stanford opens the 2013-14 campaign with a trip to the East Coast in early November. The Cardinal visits Boston College Saturday, Nov. 9 before taking on defending national champion Connecticut in a nationally-televised contest Monday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN2. The contest against the Huskies in Storrs raises the curtain on ESPN’s 2013 Tip-Off Marathon.
Ogwumike is one of four starters returning for the Cardinal, being joined by junior point guard Amber Orrange, redshirt senior center Mikaela Ruef and senior guard Sara James. The Cardinal also returns contributors in junior forwards Bonnie Samuelson and Taylor Greenfield, and features a five-woman freshman class of guards Lili Thompson, Briana Roberson and Karlie Samuelson along with forwards Erica McCall and Kailee Johnson.