Oct. 10, 2011
John R. Wooden Award Top 30 Preseason List
STANFORD, Calif. - The Ogwumike sisters, senior Nnemkadi and sophomore Chiney, were among the 30 collegiate women's basketball players named to the 2011-12 John R. Wooden Award Preseason List, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday.
The Ogwumikes are the only players from the Pac-12 on the list, and make Stanford one of seven schools represented by at least two players. Connecticut and Notre Dame each had three players on the list, while Baylor, Maryland, Miami and Tennessee each joined Stanford with two selections.
The 36th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners. It will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, and will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2012.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, entering her fourth season on The Farm, is a two-time Wooden Alward All-American (2010-11) and was named to the award's final ballot last season. In 2010-11 she was selected to three additional All-America Teams, the WBCA Coaches squad, the USBWA's team and to the Associated Press' Second Team.
She led the Cardinal and the Pac-10 last year with 17.5 points per game and a 58.6 shooting percentage, also grabbing 7.6 rebounds per game. She was named MVP of both the Spokane Regional and the Pac-10 Tournament while earning a spot on the All-Pac-10 Team for the third straight season.
Over NCAA Tournament games she averaged 23.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 62.5 percent from the field as Stanford reached its fourth straight Final Four.
Younger sister Chiney Ogwumike enters her sophomore season at Stanford in 2011-12. In last year's campaign, she led the Cardinal with 8.0 rebounds (281 total) per game, averaged 11.7 points a game and shot 57.4 percent from the field en route to being named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Her all-around performance, one that included 52 steals and 29 blocked shots as she established a fierce defensive reputation, also earned her selections to the All-Pac-10 Team, All-Freshman Team and All-Defensive Team.
Her fine performances continued into the postseason, as Chiney was named to the Pac-10 and Spokane Regional All-Tournament Teams. In the NCAA Tournament, she averaged 12.2 points and 9.4 rebounds a game while shooting 54.2 percent from the field.
Stanford will open the 2011-12 campaign on the road, traveling to Austin to take on the University of Texas Friday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. PT. The Cardinal returns home for its home opener two days later, hosting Gonzaga at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.
Along with its opening weekend slate, the Cardinal's 2011-12 schedule includes non-conference matchups at 2011 NCAA Tournament teams Connecticut (Nov. 21), Xavier (Nov. 25) and Fresno State (Dec. 4) as well as home matchups with tournament squads Princeton (Dec. 17) and Tennessee (Dec. 20).
The Pac-12 slate begins in late December as the Cardinal makes the first of two trips to Los Angeles this season, taking on USC Dec. 29 and closing the weekend with a New Year's Eve battle at UCLA on Dec. 31.
The Pac-12 Tournament is scheduled for March 9-12, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif.