March 31, 2012
DENVER, Colo. -
Senior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike was named the winner of the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Saturday at the Final Four at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Ogwumike is the second Stanford player to win the award. Candice Wiggins was the award's recipient in 2008.
Ogwumike was chosen the award's winner by a nationwide vote of Division I women's basketball head coaches, national media and fans. The award is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I women's basketball.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
She was also named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award All-America Team, along with Amanda Johnson (Oregon), Emilie Johnson (UC Santa Barbara), Natalie Novosel (Notre Dame) and Justine Raterman (Dayton).
In the classroom, Ogwumike owns a 3.10 grade-point average and has earned her bachelor's degree in psychology, finishing up her academic work a quarter early.
Behind Ogwumike's All-America season in 2011-12, Stanford has rolled to a 35-1 record and its fifth straight Final Four this weekend. At the Pepsi Center in Denver, Stanford will put its program-record 32-game winning streak on the line against Baylor Sunday, April 1 at 6 p.m. PT.
This year the Cypress, Texas native was named Pac-12 Player of the Year for the second time in her career, as well as the Most Outstanding Player of both the Pac-12 Tournament and Fresno Regional.
She was also a consensus national player of the year finalist, in contention for the Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, and national player of the year awards of the Associated Press and USBWA.
Entering Sunday's contest, Ogwumike is averaging 22.5 points and 10.3 rebounds a game with shooting percentages of 55.4 from the field and 83.1 from the free-throw line. Over Stanford's four NCAA Tournament wins she has averaged 28.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.11 assists and shot 65.1 percent from the field and 82.9 percent from the line.
Her scoring average (22.5) is currently the top single-season mark in school history and her 787 points on the year are tied with Candice Wiggins'
She became Stanford's fourth and the Pac-12's eighth member of the "2,000-Point/1,000-Rebound Club" on Jan. 7 against Oregon State, achieving both marks on that day. Ogwumike currently stands second in Stanford history with 2,469 points, a 58.4 field-goal percentage and 551 free throws made, third with 1,217 rebounds and fourth with 17.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.