Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike was named one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Friday morning.
Joining Ogwumike as finalists are Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), and Breanna Stewart (Connecticut). The trophy features a public vote component that counts towards 25 percent of the overall voting. The 2014 Naismith Trophy winner will be announced April 7 at the Final Four in Nashville.
Ogwumike has enjoyed a record-breaking 2013-14 season in leading Stanford to a 29-3 record and the program’s 14th straight Pac-12 regular-season title. Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Stanford’s 27th consecutive appearance, Ogwumike is the only player in the country 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 – sixth).
Over nine games against Top-25 teams, Ogwumike has averaged 25.0 points and 12.6 rebounds while shooting 59.4 percent from the field, as the Cardinal has gone 8-1. Three of her 14 30-point games during 2013-14 have come against Top-25 squads, and Ogwumike has scored at least 20 points on 27 occasions.
Her performances led to sweeping the Pac-12’s Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards for the second straight season, with the defensive honor being her third in a row. Ogwumike was also named to espnW’s All-America Team last week, and this season has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week a record nine times.
Ogwumike has etched her name atop numerous Pac-12 and Stanford record lists during this campaign as well. On January 3 she passed former teammate Kayla Pedersen’s mark of 1,266 career rebounds to become the Pac-12’s all-time leader, and currently has 1,515 for her career. She pulled even with former Stanford great and Wade Trophy winner Candice Wiggins as the conference’s top scorer at 2,629 points on March 8 against USC at the Pac-12 Tournament.
Stanford opens NCAA Tournament play Saturday in Ames, Iowa. The second-seeded Cardinal takes on No. 15 seed South Dakota at 3:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.