Stanford grad Nnemkadi Ogwumike '12 and Team USA capped a perfect tournament run and claimed 2014 FIBA World Championship gold on Sunday in Istanbul, defeating Spain, 77-64, at Fenerbahce Arena.
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I'm really thankful and blessed to be a part of it," Ogwumike told USA Basketball after clinching the title. "I learned so much on this trip and am excited we were able to get the job done."
A newcomer to the women's senior national team, Ogwumike averaged 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per contest. She had her best performance at the event in a preliminary-round meeting with Angola, scoring 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds as the United States won by a record 75 points.
"I learned a lot about being selfless," she added of her experience. "The people that are here are here because of that reason. Everyone knows what they're capable of, but we assumed whatever role we needed to get a great team win."
Ogwumike becomes the third Stanford player to win World Championship gold, joining Jayne Appel (2010), Jennifer Azzi (1998 and 1990) and Sonja Henning (1990).