Feb. 21, 2013
Capital One Academic All-America Division I Basketball Teams
STANFORD, Calif. - Junior forward Chiney Ogwumike was one of five women's basketball players named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's Basketball Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.
Ogwumike, owner of a 3.41 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in international relations, was joined on the Academic All-America Team by Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Brandi Brown (Youngstown State), Jacqui Kalin (Northern Iowa) and Marissa Kastanek (N.C. State). It is Ogwumike's first selection to the team, and the second year in which she has earned All-District 8 recognition.
Thursday's announcement adds to the banner year being enjoyed by Ogwumike, a leading contender for national player of the year honors. Heading into this weekend's action, Ogwumike is the only player to rank in the top-six nationally in scoring (22.7 ppg - third), rebounding (12.3 rpg - t-sixth), field-goal percentage (58.4 - fourth) and double-doubles (20 - t-third). She leads or shares the lead in all four categories amongst Pac-12 players as Stanford is currently ranked fourth in the nation with a 24-2 overall record and tied for first atop the Pac-12 table with a 13-1 conference mark.
Ogwumike's play has been a major factor in the Cardinal's lofty standing this season. So far the Cardinal has played 10 Top-25 teams this regular season, matching a program record, and gone 8-2 in those games including 6-0 away from home. Over those 10 games against ranked foes, Ogwumike has averaged 21.3 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting 53.5 percent from the field, including an 18-point, eight-rebound effort that included scoring the winning points in Stanford's 71-69 win over then-No. 1/1 Baylor in Honolulu on Nov. 16.
This season Ogwumike has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week a record-tying five times in addition to grabbing espnW's inaugural National Player of the Week honor on Nov. 19 as well as the USBWA's Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week honor on Jan. 28.
The Cypress, Texas native is currently just 26 rebounds shy of reaching the 1,000-rebound mark for her career, which combined with her current total of 1,554 points would make her just the sixth player in Stanford history to reach both the 1,000-point and 1,000-rebound marks, joining older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2008-12), Kayla Pedersen (2007-11), Jayne Appel (2006-10), Nicole Powell (2000-04) and Val Whiting (1989-93).
This weekend Stanford hosts Oregon State and Oregon during its final regular-season home stand. Both contests will be broadcast nationally on the Pac-12 Networks, with Friday's tip against the Beavers set for 8 p.m. and Sunday's meeting with the Ducks set for a 4 p.m. start.