Chiney Ogwumike named Naismith Trophy finalist
Nobody needs to be reminded that Chiney Ogwumike is among the nation's top basketball players, but every once in a while, it's nice to hear it.
The Stanford senior and 2014 Pac-12 Player of the Year got just that on Friday when she was named a finalist for the Naismith Trophy Women's College Player of the Year award.
Ogwumike, who averaged 26.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game for the Cardinal this season, joins Notre Dame's Kayla McBride, Baylor's Odyssey Sims and Connecticut's Breanna Stewart as this year's finalists.
Beyond her eye-popping stats, Ogwumike led Stanford to its 14th-straight Pac-12 regular season title and a #2 seed in the 2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. GoStanford.com has compiled a laundry list of numbers and facts that back up just how awesome Chiney has been this season, although numbers don't quantify her rapping skills, though.
Stanford opens the 2014 tournament on Saturday afternoon against No. 15 seed South Dakota in Ames, Iowa. If she wins the Naismith Trophy, she'd join Stanford's Kate Starbird (1997) and Jennifer Azzi (1990) and USC's Lisa Leslie (1994) and Cheryl Miller (1984, 1985, 1986) as winners of the award from the Pac-12.