Four Receive AP All-American Recognition
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- STANFORD's Nnemkadi Ogwumike was a unanimous first team Associated Press All-American, the AP announced on Tuesday. Younger sister Chiney Ogwumike was also a second-team pick, making the duo the first set of sisters to be named All-Americans in the same year.
Both forwards and hailing from Cypress, Texas, the Ogwumikes have helped the Cardinal advance to the team's fifth-straight NCAA Women's Final Four after winning the NCAA Fresno Regional on Monday night with an 81-69 victory over second-seeded Duke. Stanford takes on the overall No. 1-seed Baylor at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Sunday, April 1. Game times for the national semifinals have not been determined yet.
A senior, Nnemkadi is a consensus national player of the year candidate after averaging 22.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game heading into the national semifinal. She is the Pac-12 Player of the Year this year, and was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the Pac-12 Tournament and NCAA Fresno Regional. She became Stanford's fourth and the Pac-12's eighth member of the "2,000-Point/1,000-Rebound Club" in early January and ranks second and third, respectively, in career points (2,469) and rebounds (1,217) in the Conference record books.
A sophomore, Chiney was the Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and is a finalist for the WBCA's Defensive Player of the Year award. An all-tournament selection at the Pac-12 Tournament and NCAA Fresno Regional, she is averaging 15.3 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game, both ranking in the top 10 in the Conference.
Two more players from the Pac-12 received mentions. Honorable mention nods went to UTAH's Michelle Plouffe and ARIZONA's Davellyn Whyte. A sophomore forward, Plouffe (Edmonton, Alberta) led the Utes in scoring (14.1 ppg), was second in rebounding (8.2 rpg) and was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Feb. 13, while helping the team to a 16-16 overall mark and 8-10 league record in the team's first season in the Pac-12. Utah advanced to the WNIT.
A junior guard, Whyte (Phoenix, Ariz.) earned her third-straight all-conference honor this season. Second in the Pac-12 in scoring with 17.0 ppg, she had two 30-point games this season and her 10 20-point performances ties for the third most in the league this year. She also recorded six double-double and seven double-digit rebounding games.
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