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Stanford's Ogwumike sisters earn top WNBA honors from AP

 

Nneka Ogwumike was named Associated Press WNBA Player of the Year and sister Chiney earned comeback player of the year honors when the organization announced its postseason awards on Tuesday following a vote from a 14-member media panel.

The sisters, who were All-Americans together at Stanford in 2012 and both No. 1 picks in the WNBA draft, have excelled at the next level.

Nneka put up career numbers this season for the Los Angeles Sparks, averaging 19.7 points on 66.5 percent shooting, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in leading her team to the second best record in the WNBA and a bye until the semifinals of the playoffs.

Chiney was sidelined all of 2015 after recovering from microfracture surgery in her right knee, but bounced back in a big way for the Connecticut Sun.

Ogwumike averaged 12.6 points on 58.7 percent shooting and 6.7 rebounds. She was the league’s 12th leading scorer over the final 10 games of the season following the Olympic break, scoring 16.5 per outing and grabbing 8.6 rebounds.

The Ogwumike's were three-time All-Americans for the Cardinal and are two of six members of the 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound club at Stanford along with Jayne Appel, Candice Wiggins, Nicole Powell and Val Whiting. They are the only players in the top five in both scoring and rebounding in Pac-12 history.

— Stanford Athletics

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