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Stanford's Ogwumike sisters make USA hoop team for WUG

 

Stanford's sibling duo of Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike have been named to the 12-player 2011 USA Basketball World University Games Team roster, USA Basketball announced Wednesday. The team will participate in the event's tournament from Aug. 14-21 in Shenzhen, China.

The announcement marks the third time that Nnemkadi Ogwumike will represent the United States at a major international competition, having earned gold medals with the USA Basketball U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas Championship in 2008, and with the U19 National Team at the FIBA U19 World Championship in 2009.

Chiney Ogwumike will make her second international appearance for USA Basketball, having previously captured the gold medal with the U18 National Team at last summer's FIBA Americas Championship.

Nnemkadi and Chiney both enjoyed decorated seasons on The Farm in 2010-11.

Nnemkadi was named to the State Farm Coaches' All-America Team for the second straight year, as well as earning All-America nods from the Associated Press (Second Team), USBWA and John Wooden Award. She led the Pac-10 in scoring (17.5 ppg) and shooting (58.6 FG pct.) while grabbing 7.6 rebounds a game. She was also named Most Outstanding Player of both the Pac-10 Tournament and the Spokane Regional during the postseason.

Chiney made an impact on a national level as a freshman, averaging 11.7 points and 8.0 rebounds a game while shooting 57.4 percent from the field. She claimed the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award as well as spots on the All-Pac-10 Team, Pac-10 All-Defensive Team and Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. In the postseason, Chiney was also named to both the Pac-10 All-Tournament and Spokane All-Regional Teams.

The duo will be looking to help lead the U.S. to a second straight gold medal at this year's World University Games. Two years ago, former Stanford stars Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen were part of the gold medal-winning U.S. squad.

Previous Cardinal standouts to have represented the U.S. at the World University Games include Pedersen and Pohlen (2009), Brooke Smith and Candice Wiggins (2005), Cori Enghusen and Lindsey Yamasaki (2001), Olympia Scott and Kate Starbird (1997) and Katy Steding (1991).

The Ogwumikes are joined on the U.S. roster by Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Jacki Gemelos (USC), Keisha Hampton (DePaul), Glory Johnson (Tennessee), Lynetta Kizer (Maryland), Natalie Novosel (Notre Dame), Devereaux Peters (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor) and Shekinna Stricklen (Tennessee).

— Stanford Sports Information

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