Ogwumike Top Pick In WNBA Draft

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- STANFORD's Nnemkadi Ogwumike was selected the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks, which was held on Monday in Bristol, Conn. Ogwumike is the second player in Pac-12 history to be selected the overall No. 1 pick and the first since 1997.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Cypress, Texas) is the 68th player all-time drafted from a Pac-12 team and the 21st Stanford player all-time to be selected. She is the program's 10th first-round pick all-time, as well. She is the first No. 1 pick since USC great Tina Thompson was picked by the Houston Comets in 1997.

Ogwumike is a three-time All-American and all-conference pick. She was voted the league's Player of the Year by the coaches twice, earning the honor as a sophomore in 2010 and a senior in 2012. She led the Cardinal to four-straight NCAA Final Four appearances, reaching the national championship game in her sophomore campaign.

Ogwumike ends her collegiate career ranked second all-time in the Pac-12 record books in scoring, tallying 2,491 points in four seasons. Her 1,226 career boards ranks third all-time. She boasts a 58.3 percent shooting in her career, ranking fifth all-time in Conference history.

The Sparks open the WNBA preseason traveling to face the Seattle Storm on Sunday, March 13. The regular-season tips off against the Storm five days later on Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

For full coverage of the WNBA Draft and information on the Sparks, visit www.wnba.com and www.wnba.com/sparks/.

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