Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named to the Associated Press All-America First Team for the second straight year Tuesday. It also marked her third straight All-America nod from the organization after being named to the second team in 2012.
Ogwumike has now collected three All-America honors this season to date, being named to the USBWA’s team Monday morning, and to ESPN’s team two weeks ago. She was joined on the five-player AP First Team by Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland).
The Cypress, Texas native and the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder leads Stanford (32-3) into regional-final action tonight at 6 p.m. against No. 4 seed North Carolina, with a trip to the Final Four in Nashville at stake. A win would send the Cardinal to the Final Four for the 12th time in program history and sixth time over the past seven years.
Ogwumike has more than done her part in helping the Cardinal get to this point, averaging 26.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game and shooting 60.8 percent from the field, figures that, along with her 25 double-doubles, have her as the only player in the nation to rank in the national top 10 in each of those categories.
Two days ago, Ogwumike posted her 25th double-double of the season with 29 points and 15 rebounds in Stanford’s 82-57 regional semifinal victory over No. 3 seed Penn State. Over the first three rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Ogwumike is averaging 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and shooting 59.2 percent from the field.
The win was also Stanford ninth in 10 games opposite Top-25 competition, against which this season Ogwumike has posted some of her best numbers, averaging 25.4 points and 12.8 rebounds while shooting 58.6 percent from the field with three 30-point games.
Her performances all season long 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.
Ogwumike became the Pac-12’s all-time leading rebounder January 3, passing former teammate Kayla Pedersen’s mark of 1,266 and through March 30 standing at 1,547, a mark that also ranks seventh on the NCAA’s all-time list. With a Pac-12 record 932 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 2,702.
She has also made her mark off the court as well, being named Stanford women’s basketball’s first Capital One Academic All-American of the Year by CoSIDA, and earning her second straight nod to the Capital One Academic All-America Team.Nor is her artistic talent limited to the court either, as Ogwumike 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. Released March 17, the single has reached tens of thousands of hits and shares over social media while uniting Nerd Nation behind the Cardinal athletic programs. With a win Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion, Ogwumike and the Cardinal could bring the “#NerdAnthem” to Music City.