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Nneka Ogwumike named to USA women's basketball team

 

Former Stanford standout Nnemkadi Ogwumike was named the 12-member 2014 USA World Championship Team when the roster was finalized on Tuesday in Prague, Czech Republic.

The U.S. squad, which posted a 4-1 record in exhibition games and began training camp on Sept. 8, will travel to Turkey in the morning for the 2014 FIBA World Championship, which will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istanbul. The team was selected by the USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee, chaired by USA Basketball women's national team director Carol Callan.

Ogwumike just wrapped up her third year as a member of the Los Angeles Sparks and earned the first honor of career when she was named to the All-WNBA Second Team in early September. Tallying 11 games scoring 20+ points or more, Ogwumike finished the season averaging 15.8 points and a tied team-high 7.1 rebounds per game. She will be competing in her first FIBA World Championship.

Joining her on the roster are veterans Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Candice Dupree, Tina Charles, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus. Brittney Griner, Odyssey Sims and Breanna Stewart will make their first appearance at the world championship along with Ogwumike.

The U.S. will open against China on Saturday before facing Serbia on Sunday. The Americans close out pool play against Angola on Sept. 30. The final is Oct. 5.

The USA owns a record eight gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in FIBA World Championship play, while compiling an all-time 97-21 record at the event. In 2010, the most recent World Championship, the U.S. finished with a perfect 9-0 record and the gold medal.

Awards

Former Stanford soccer standout Julie Foudy is among the 20th class of the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame and will be inducted on Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the SAP Center in San Jose.

Foudy was a four-time All-American for the Cardinal and was the national Freshman of the Year in 1989 and Soccer America Player of the Year in 1991.

Foudy played for the U.S. National Team for 17 years and scored 45 goals with 59 assists in 272 appearances. She played in four World Cups (winning in 1991 and '98) and three Olympics (winning gold in '96 and 2004).

Volleyball

Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have officially been playing beach volleyball together for less than a year. But in 2014, they had the best record of any women's team.

After a 22-20, 21-17 victory over Whitney Pavlik and Heather Hughes at the AVP Championships in Huntington Beach on Sunday — their seventh consecutive AVP win — Walsh Jennings and Ross kissed the overall AVP trophy. Of the nine AVP events that they have entered in the past year, they have won eight.

Also this season, the duo has won four FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournaments, more than any other team.

"To have accomplished it and done it together as a new team, chasing big dreams, it feels really good, and it's something I definitely want to celebrate and acknowledge," Walsh Jennings told the Torrance Daily Breeze after winning in Huntington Beach.

— Stanford Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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