Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was one of 15 women’s basketball players named to the John R. Wooden Award Ballot, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Thursday.
Ogwumike and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims return to the ballot after featuring on the organization’s 2013 Wooden Award All-America Team. The winner of the 2014 John R. Wooden Award will be announced at the Wooden Award Gala from April 10-12.
Ogwumike is in the midst of a record-setting 2013-14 campaign, being the only player in the nation to rank in the NCAA’s top 10 in scoring (27.0 ppg – third), rebounding (12.1 rpg – eighth), field-goal percentage (62.2 – third) and double-doubles (22 – sixth). She has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week a record nine times this season, bringing her conference-record career total to 18.
She became the Pac-12’s all-time leading rebounder on January 3 against Oregon, passing Pedersen’s benchmark of 1,266, and currently has 1,483 boards through March 1. Ogwumike, with 810 points this season, broke older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s single-season Pac-12 scoring record of 809 points last Saturday against Washington, and with 2,580 career points enters this week’s event needing just 50 to eclipse former Stanford star and Wade Trophy winner Candice Wiggins’ mark of 2,629 as the conference’s all-time leading scorer.
Stanford (28-2), which captured its 14th straight Pac-12 title and 23rd overall this year, goes for its 11th Pac-12 Tournament crown this weekend, starting with Friday’s 12 p.m. quarterfinal contest against Colorado.