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Ogwumike family reunion scheduled for Sunday in WNBA

 

Stanford grads Chiney Ogwumike and Nneka Ogwumike each came up big in losing efforts in WNBA games played Tuesday night.

The next time they play will be against each other on Sunday when Nneka's Los Angeles Sparks visit Chiney's Connecticut Sun.

The meeting marks the first between the sisters, each drafted No. 1 overall in their respective years, as opponents in the WNBA.

They were teammates in high school and college and now play for teams on different sides of the nation.

Chiney Ogwumike scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Sun's 83-71 loss to the host Atlanta Dream.

Kayla Pederson, who held the Pac-12 and Stanford's all-time rebounding record until Ogwumike surpassed it, also played for the Sun -- adding a rebound in 10 minutes of play.

Nneka Ogwumike scored 10 points and had 14 rebounds in the Sparks' 83-72 loss to the host Minnesota Lynx.

Cardinal grad Candice Wiggins, who held the school's all-time scoring record until Chiney surpassed it, made her first appearance for the Sparks since returning from a knee injury.

She scored two points and recording two steals in 14 minutes off the bench. It was Wiggins' second game of the season.

Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike each average 15.3 points per game, tied for 11th. Minnesota's Maya Moore leads the WNBA with a 22.8 average.

Chiney has the slight edge in rebounding, 8.2 (9th in the league) to 7.3 (14th), over her older sister while Stanford grad Jayne Appel, who plays for the San Antonio Stars, averages 7.6 boards (12th).

Chiney and Appel are both among the top 10 in blocks, with Chiney fifth (1.4) and Appel ninth (1.0)

Recruiting

The Stanford football and basketball programs probably picked up a few more followers from Alpharetta, GA after receiving verbal commitments recently.

Marcus Sheffield (6-5, 175), a small forward from Chattahoochie High, gave his word to Cardinal men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins on Tuesday.

Nick Wilson (6-2, 275), an offensive lineman from Milton High, let Stanford football coach David Shaw know of his intentions on Friday.

Milton and Chattachoochie are about 20 minutes apart from each other, with downtown Alpharetta, home to 'Food Truck Alley' on Thursday evenings through Oct. 23, roughly in the middle.

Both athletes are entering their senior seasons at their respective schools.

Wilson ranks No. 47 among the country's offensive linemen by some recruiting services and Sheffield is ranked among the top 100 prospects in the nation and among the top 10 in Georgia.

Wilson became the sixth player from the class of 2015 to give a verbal commitment to Stanford. Sheffield is the first for basketball.

Sheffield reportedly choose Stanford over Maryland, Clemson, Tennessee and Georgia among other offers. He is considered a top three-point threat.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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