Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named to the John R. Wooden Award All-America Team for the second straight year, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Wednesday.
Wednesday’s announcement marks the fourth All-America honor for Ogwumike over the past few weeks. She was previously named to the ESPN, USBWA and Associated Press All-America Teams. On the five-player John R. Wooden Award Team, she was joined by Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland).
Ogwumike was named to the Stanford All-Regional Team Tuesday night after helping lead the Cardinal (33-3) to its 12th Final Four and sixth over the past seven years in a 74-65 win over North Carolina. Ogwumike’s 20 points and 10 rebounds, her 26th double-double of the season, led to her averaging 24.5 points and 12.5 rebounds over the wins against Penn State and the Tarheels.
Stanford will now take on unbeaten and top-ranked Connecticut (38-0) in Sunday’s second national semifinal at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.
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 her 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.
Her performances 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.
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.
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.