Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Coaches’ All-America Team, the organization announced Saturday. With the honor, ,Ogwumike becomes Stanford’s fourth three-time WBCA All-American, joining Nicole Powell (2002-04), Candice Wiggins (2005-08), and older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2010-12).
Ogwumike is a consensus All-American this season, having previously been named to the ESPN, USBWA and Associated Press All-America Teams. She was joined on the WBCA Coaches’ All-America Team by Connecticut’s Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart, Notre Dame’s Jewel Loyd and Kayla McBride, Jordan Hoops (Nebraska), Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland).
The Cypress, Texas native has been critical in helping lead the Cardinal (33-3) to its 12th Final Four and sixth over the past seven years where Sunday they will take on No. 1 Connecticut at 6 p.m. on ESPN at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. In Tuesday’s 74-65 regional final victory over North Carolina at Maples Pavilion, Ogwumike posted her 26th double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and over the Cardinal’s two regional wins averaged 24.5 points and 12.5 rebounds.
Ogwumike has been among the leading candidates for national player of the year honors all season long, averaging 26.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per game and shooting 60.4 percent from the field, figures that, along with the aforementioned 26 double-doubles, have her as the only player in the nation to rank in the national top 10 in each of those categories.
Tuesday’s win over North Carolina was also Stanford 10th in 11 games opposite Top-25 competition, against which this season Ogwumike has posted some of her best numbers, averaging 24.9 points and 12.6 rebounds while shooting 57.5 percent from the field with three 30-point games.
Over the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Ogwumike is averaging 23.3 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 55.9 percent from the field.
Her performances on the court in 2013-14 led her to sweep the Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards for the second straight year, with the defensive honor being her third in a row. She was named to the All-Pac-12 Team for the fourth straight time and over the course of the season captured a record-setting nine Pac-12 Player of the Week honors to bring her career haul to a record 18.
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. In mid-March, she wrote and performed 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 fanbase.Ogwumike became the Pac-12’s all-time leading rebounder January 3, passing former teammate Kayla Pedersen’s mark of 1,266 and through April 1 standing at 1,557, a mark that also ranks sixth on the NCAA’s all-time list. With a Pac-12 record 952 points this season, Ogwumike passed former Stanford Wade Trophy winner Candice Wiggins’ conference benchmark of 2,629 points on March 22 and currently has her Pac-12 record total at 2,722.