Chiney Ogwumike Named WBCA Finalist

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STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore forward Chiney Ogwumike was named one of five finalists for the WBCA Division I Defensive Player of the Year award, the WBCA announced Monday.

Ogwumike is joined by fellow finalists Brittney Griner (Baylor), Glory Johnson (Tennessee), Devereaux Peters (Notre Dame) and Elizabeth Williams (Duke).

The announcement marks yet another major national award for which Ogwumike is a finalist. She has previously been named a finalist or onto the final ballot for the State Farm Wade Trophy and John R. Wooden Award.

Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year on March 6, becoming the second player to claim the honor. She was also named to the All-Pac-12 Team as well as to the conference's All-Defensive Team.

Her defensive prowess led to 44 blocks and 25 steals this season, all while usually drawing the assignment of defending the opposition's top inside scorer. Ogwumike's relentless defense has played a key role in Stanford holding opponents to a paltry 33.7 field-goal percentage as well as a 24.1 3-point field-goal percentage, both figures that rank in the national top eight.

In addition to her stellar defensive play, Ogwumike is second on the team with 15.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, and leads the Cardinal with a 58.5 field-goal percentage.

Stanford (34-1), on a program-record 31-game winning streak, takes on No. 2 seed Duke in Monday night's Fresno Regional Final. The Cardinal is aiming to reach its fifth straight Final Four and 11th overall. The 2012 Final Four will be held April 1 and 3 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 4 p.m. PT Monday, April 2, in Denver. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four.

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