Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer probably is counting the days until Chiney Ogwumike arrives on campus in the fall and officially joins the Cardinal. Until then, the talented incoming freshman is keeping herself busy this summer.
Ogwumike turned in a dominant effort at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship that culminated in the USA Women's U18 National Team capturing the gold medal with an 81-38 victory over Brazil on Sunday.
Over the U.S. team's perfect 5-0 run to the title, Ogwumike led the squad in scoring (13.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg), and was second in shooting percentage (60.9). The USA, which averaged 93.4 points per game, outscored its opponents 467-188 during the tournament for an average margin of victory of 55.8 points per game.
Ogwumike led the U.S. in scoring in three of the team's five games, scoring 15 points in each of the USA's first two wins, over Argentina (91-32) and Brazil (89-46), respectively. She would then go on to score 17 points in a 98-28 semifinal victory over Chile before adding nine points to Sunday's gold medal game win over Brazil.
Ogwumike, the native of Cypress, Texas, who will join older sister Nnemkadi on The Farm in the fall of 2010, also led the U.S. in rebounding in two of its games, highlighted by a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds in the opener against Argentina.
Ogwumike was the No. 1-rated recruit of the Class of 2010, and signed her letter-of-intent last Nov. 12. She will become part of a Cardinal frontline that among others includes her sister, Nnemkadi, a returning State Farm Coaches All-American, senior All-Pac-10 selection Kayla Pedersen, Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention Joslyn Tinkle and sophomore Sarah Boothe, who is returning from a foot injury that forced her to redshirt in 2009-10.
Stanford's Joseph Bramlett shot a 6-under 270 to win the 49th Northeast Amateur Invitational held at the Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island over the weekend.
Bramlett shot rounds of 69, 68, 66 and 67 at the Donald Ross-designed par-69 gem to finish two strokes ahead of defending United State's Amateur Public Links champion Brad Benjamin.
Bramlett was one of five Stanford players who finished in the top-11 at this prestigious amateur event. Sihwan Kim and Andrew Yun tied for fourth at 275. Kim fired rounds of 68, 67, 70 and 70 while Yun turned in rounds of 69, 69, 71 and 66. Steve Ziegler tied for seventh with an even par score of 278. He carded an opening round 66 before finishing with three rounds of 70.