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Nneka Ogwumike is named to the WNBA All-Star Game

 

For the third consecutive season, former Stanford basketball All-American Nneka Ogwumike has been selected to participate in the WNBA All-Star Game when the league announced reserves at halftime of Tuesday's contest between the Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury on ESPN2.

Ogwumike has played 10 games this season and is averaging 17.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 37.0 minutes per outing. Entering Tuesday, the 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year is fourth in the league in scoring and first in rebounds. A 2014 All-WNBA Second Team honoree, she was previously an All-Star in both 2013 and 2014.

In Tuesday night's 70-65 win over Phoenix, Ogwumike had 17 points, six rebounds and three assists.

On July 6, Ogwumike was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career after ranking second in the conference in scoring (24.0 ppg), while pacing the West in rebounding (12.3 rpg) and tying for second in steals (1.67 spg).

During the week she helped lead the Sparks to a 2-1 record with consecutive victories over San Antonio and Tulsa for the team's first two wins of the season.

Ogwumike opened that week with a season-high 27 points to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in an 86-81 win over San Antonio. The following night she paced the Sparks to another win, 98-95 over Tulsa, with her second double-double of the season, contributing 19 points and 10 rebounds. She finished the week with 26 points, a season-high 19 rebounds and two assists in the Sparks' 94-91 overtime loss to Phoenix.

In October, Ogwumike helped the United States to the gold at the 2014 FIBA World Championships, becoming the fourth Stanford player to win World Championship gold, joining Jayne Appel (2010), Jennifer Azzi (1998 and 1990) and Sonja Henning (1990).

In selecting the reserves, the 12 WNBA head coaches voted for six players within their own conference: two backcourt players, three frontcourt players, and a player from either position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team.

Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2015, featuring the Eastern Conference All-Stars against the Western Conference All-Stars at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., will be nationally televised by ABC on Saturday, July 25 at 12:30 p.m. PT.

— Stanford Athletics

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