Nnemkadi Ogwumike Named To All-Tournament Team As USA U19 Women Capture FIBA U19 Championship Gold
Aug. 3, 2009
BANGKOK, Thailand - Stanford standout Nnemkadi Ogwumike punctuated her stellar performance at the FIBA U19 World Championship Sunday with an eye-popping 22-point, 20-rebound performance in the USA's 87-71 gold-medal game victory over previously unbeaten Spain. Following the win, Ogwumike was named to the FIBA U19 World Championship All-Tournament Team as the lone U.S. representative.
Over Team USA's 8-1 run in the tournament, Ogwumike, a team co-captain, finished seventh overall in scoring with 13.6 points per game and third in rebounding with 9.9 rebounds per game. Those figures also topped the U.S. overall stat sheet, as did her 55.8 shooting percentage.
She also posted four double-doubles in the tournament.
Ogwumike's performance in the title game helped the U.S. avenge its only loss of the tournament, which came in the opener against Spain by a score of 90-86. But since that loss, the U.S. regrouped to outscore its next four opponents by a combined 171 points to earn a berth in the semifinals.
There, the U.S. defeated France, 88-75, before hammering Canada 82-51 to set up the rematch with Spain for the gold medal.
In the title game, Ogwumike scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first half as the U.S. built a 49-30 halftime lead. She continued her dominating play over the final two quarters, scoring 13 points and pulling down 13 boards as the U.S. put the game out of reach and claimed its fourth gold medal in U19 World Championship history.
For Ogwumike the U19 gold is her second in her USA Basketball career, as the first came at the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
The title also makes Ogwumike, who will be a sophomore in 2009-10, the third Stanford player to claim gold in international competition this summer, as she joins Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen, who helped the U.S. to World University Games gold a few weeks back, as the Cardinal's gold medalists.