Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was one of five players named to espnW’s All-America Team Friday. The announcement comes three days before Ogwumike and the Cardinal women’s basketball team releases the follow-up to 2012’2 “Nerd City Kids” entitled “N-E-R-D-S (#NerdAnthem).”
The song, written by Ogwumike and with music by Lee Merritts, and performed by Ogwumike and redshirt sophomore guard Jasmine Camp, with 2Fresh, Hookslide and Bud Anderson, is set to become the newest anthem of Stanford Athletics’ “Nerd Movement” and is set to drop at 9 a.m. PT this Monday, March 17 ahead of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show.
Just as she has stepped up her musical game after the breakout hit of “Nerd City Kids” two years ago, Ogwumike has turned in an even greater performance on the court than her All-American, career-year of 2012-13. This season Ogwumike has helped lead Stanford to a 29-3 overall record and 14th straight Pac-12 regular-season title, throughout the season being the only player in the nation to rank in the NCAA’s top 10 in scoring (26.8 ppg – third), rebounding (12.3 rpg – seventh), field-goal percentage (61.0 – third) and double-doubles (24 – fifth). She has scored at least 30 points in 14 games this season, and over nine games against Top-25 teams this year has led Stanford to an 8-1 record while averaging 25.0 points and 12.6 rebounds per game with a field-goal percentage of 59.4 and battling constant double- and triple-teams.
Ogwumike dominated the Pac-12 as the Cardinal went 17-1 during the conference season, and for the second straight season swept the Pac-12’s Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards. The defensive player honor also marked the third straight year that she has claimed the honor, and she was named to the All-Pac-12 Team for the fourth time.
Ogwumike’s campaign has also left a multitude of old records in its wake, as the national player of the year frontrunner became the Pac-12’s all-time leading rebounder on January 3, surpassing former teammate Kayla Pedersen’s mark of 1,266, and matched former Stanford Wade Trophy winner Candice Wiggins’ conference record of 2,629 points on March 8 at the Pac-12 Tournament. Ogwumike, named the espnW National Player of the Week on December 23, her second-career honor, has also been named Pac-12 Player of the Week a record nine times this season and set the conference career mark with 18 total nods over her four-year career.
Musically, athletically, and even academically, Chiney has put herself on a higher level, as in February being named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and followed that up with the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor on March 6.
Ogwumike was joined on espnW’s All-America team by Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland).Stanford, which will receive an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament, will await its road to the 2014 Final Four in Nashville which will be revealed Monday, March 17 on ESPN.