STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford alumna and current Connecticut Sun standout Chiney Ogwumike was the recipient of the 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year presented by Samsung award, the WNBA announced today. Ogwumike received 23 votes from a national panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters who voted for the award.
A two-time WNBA Rookie of the Month presented by Samsung recipient, Ogwumike led all rookies in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and double-doubles (13), ranked second in scoring (15.5 ppg), and third in steals (1.2 spg). Overall, the first-year pro ranked second in the WNBA in offensive rebounds (123), tied for second in double-doubles, placed seventh in rebounding, and was 11th in scoring.
She appeared in 31 games for the Sun this season, all in a starting role. Ogwumike scored in double digits in 28 of her 31 contests, while posting 10 or more rebounds in 13 games.
Chiney and her sister Nneka continue to make history, becoming the first pair of sisters to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year presented by Samsung honors. The duo started the season in historic fashion when they became the second set of siblings ever selected with the top overall pick in an American professional sports draft. Nneka Ogwumike was drafted in 2012 by the Los Angeles Sparks and was named the 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year presented by Samsung. In July, the Ogwumikes also became the first sisters ever selected for the same WNBA All-Star Game.
Ogwumike enjoyed one of the most decorated campaigns by a Stanford student-athlete in 2013-14. On the court she became Stanford women’s basketball’s first recipient of the John R. Wooden Award as national player of the year, as well as sweeping the Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards for the second straight season, with the top defender nod also being her third straight. Her play helped lead the Cardinal to a 33-4 record, its 12th Final Four and sixth over the past seven years, and 14th consecutive Pac-12 regular-season title. Ogwumike was also named a consensus All-American after finishing the season as the only player to rank in the national top 10 in scoring (26.1 ppg – fourth), rebounding (12.1 rpg – ninth), field-goal percentage (60.1 – fourth), and double-doubles (27- third).
She ended her four-year career as the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer (2,737 points) and rebounder (1,567), and set the conference record for points scored in a season with 967.
In the classroom, Ogwumike achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.47 while earning her bachelor's degree in international relations. She was named the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in February, and earned her second straight selection to the Capital One Academic All-America Team. In March she collected another academic honor, being named the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.