Ogwumike Sisters Named to Wooden Award List
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD senior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike and sophomore forward Chiney Ogwuumike represent the Pac-12 on the John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30 list, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday. Stanford was one of seven schools to have at least two players named to the list.
The 36th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners. It will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, and will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2012.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike is a two-time Wooden Award All-American (2010-11). She was also named to the WBCA Coaches, USBWA and Associated Press All-America teams after leading the Pac-10 with 17.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game to go with a 58.6 shooting percentage. Nnemkadi was named Most Valuable Player of the both the Spokane Regional and the Pac-10 Tournament while earning All-Pac-10 honors for the third-straight season. She averaged 23.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament as the Cardinal reached its fourth-consecutive Final Four.
Her younger sister, Chiney Ogwumike, led Stanford with 8.0 rebounds per game and averaged 11.7 points en route to being named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Her breakout performance that included 52 steals and 29 blocked shots also earned her selections to the All-Pac-10, All-Freshman and All-Defensive Teams when conference honors were announced. In the postsea-son, Chiney was named to the Pac-10 and Spokane Region All-Tournament Teams. She averaged 12.2 points and 9.4 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. These players and others who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for December's Midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week before the Final Four.