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It's a consensus: Ogwumike named WBCA All-American

 

Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Coaches' All-America Team, the organization announced Saturday.

With the honor, Ogwumike becomes Stanford's fourth three-time WBCA All-American, joining Nicole Powell (2002-04), Candice Wiggins (2005-08), and older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2010-12).

Ogwumike is a consensus All-American this season, having previously been named to the ESPN, USBWA and Associated Press All-America Teams. She was joined on the WBCA Coaches' All-America Team by Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart, Notre Dame's Jewel Loyd and Kayla McBride, Jordan Hoops (Nebraska), Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland).

The Cypress, Texas native has been critical in helping lead the Cardinal (33-3) to its 12th Final Four and sixth over the past seven years where Sunday they will take on No. 1 Connecticut at 6 p.m. on ESPN at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

In Tuesday's 74-65 regional final victory over North Carolina at Maples Pavilion, Ogwumike posted her 26th double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and over the Cardinal's two regional wins averaged 24.5 points and 12.5 rebounds.

Ogwumike has been among the leading candidates for national player of the year honors all season long, averaging 26.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per game and shooting 60.4 percent from the field, figures that, along with the aforementioned 26 double-doubles, have her as the only player in the nation to rank in the national top 10 in each of those categories.

Tuesday's win over North Carolina was also Stanford's 10th in 11 games against Top 25 competition.

Ogwumike has posted some of her best numbers against ranked foes, averaging 24.9 points and 12.6 rebounds while shooting 57.5 percent from the field with three 30-point games.

Over the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Ogwumike is averaging 23.3 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 55.9 percent from the field.

— Stanford Athletics

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