The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced its All-Region nominees for the 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team Tuesday, and Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike was among the four Region 8 selections.
Ogwumike was joined on the Region 8 list by Brittany Boyd (California), Cassie Harberts (USC) and Michelle Plouffe (Utah). A total of 52 players were named nominees over the eight regions, and the WBCA will work from the pool to announce the 10-player All-American Team at the Final Four in Nashville.
Ogwumike averaged 22.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 63.3 percent from the field over Stanford’s two wins in Ames, Iowa in this past weekend’s opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal (31-3) advanced to the Stanford Regional on its home court at Maples Pavilion, where on Sunday it will take on the winner of Tuesday night’s Florida-Penn State matchup. Ogwumike punctuated the weekend with 21 points and nine rebounds and going 8-for-11 from the field in Monday night’s 63-44 second-round win over Florida State.
The weekend performance continued what has been a record-breaking 2013-14 season for the Cypress, Texas native. Through March 24, Ogwumike is the only player in the country to rank in the NCAA’s top 10 in scoring (26.6 ppg – third), rebounding (12.1 rpg – ninth), field-goal percentage (61.1 – fourth) and double-doubles (24 – seventh).
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 Stanford winning its 14th straight Pac-12 regular-season title, and to her 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, 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 1,532 for her career. Then, on March 22 against South Dakota, she passed former Stanford Wade Trophy winner Candice Wiggins’ scoring mark of 2,629 points to become the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer, and currently stands at 2,673.