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Chiney Ogwumike

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medals: 2012 FIBA 3x3 World Championship, 2011 World University Games, 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Named as a finalist for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team on Jan. 25, 2016.
  • Named to the 2014-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team on Aug. 25, 2015, participated in the 2014 USA World Championship Team training camp and competed in the USA Basketball Red-White intrasquad game. 
  • Teamed up with Skylar Diggins, Bria Hartley and Ann Strother on the 2012 USA Basketball 3x3 World Championship Team and helped the U.S. capture gold with a perfect 9-0 record at the inaugural FIBA 3x3 World Championship in Athens, Greece.
  • Member of the 2011 USA World University Games Team that finished with a 6-0 record and claimed gold in Shenzhen, China.
  • Member of the 2010 USA Basketball U18 National Team that compiled a perfect 5-0, earned the 2010 FIBA Americas Championship gold medal and qualified the USA for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship.
  • Participated in 2008 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team trials.

Professional Notes

  • Drafted: No. 1 by the Connecticut Sun in 2014. 
  • WNBA All-Star Game: 2014.
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team: 2014.
  • Signed to play for Famila Schio in Italy during the 2014-15 EuroLeague season.
  • Led all rookies in rebounding (8.5 rpg.) and double-doubles (13), while averaging 15.5 ppg. and 1.2 spg. in 2014.
  • Started 28 of 31 games as a rookie and scored in double digits 28 times.
  • Two-time Rookie of the Month selection.

College Notes 

  • During her four years at Stanford, the Cardinal posted a 134-12 record (.918), advanced to three NCAA Final Fours (2011, 2012, 2014) and the 2013 NCAA Sweet Sixteen, captured four Pacific-12/Pacific-10 Conference titles and three Pac-10 tournament crowns.
  • Capital One Academic All-American of the Year (2014).
  • Pac-12 Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2014).
  • Pac-12 All-Academic First Team (2014).
  • Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy finalist (2014)
  • Associated Press, John R. Wooden Award and USBWA All-American (2013, 2014) and WBCA All-American (2012, 2013, 2014).
  • Wade Trophy finalist (2012, 2014)
  • WBCA Defensive Player of the Year finalist (2012).
  • NCAA All-Regional Team (2011).
  • Pac-12/Pac-10 Player of the Year (2013, 2014).
  • Pac-12/Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014) and was a four-time Pac-12/ Pac-10 All-Defensive Team selection.
  • All-Pac-12/Pac-10 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).
  • Pac-12 Tournament MVP (2013).
  • All-Pac-12/Pac-10 Tournament Team (2011, 2013).
  • Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (2011).
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Team (2012)
  • As a senior in 2013-14, was the only NCAA Division I player to rank in the national top 10 in scoring (26.1 ppg), rebounding (12.1 rpg), field-goal percentage (60.1), and double-doubles (27).
  • Capped her career as the Pac-12's all-time leading scorer (2,737 points) and rebounder (1,567) and set the Pac-12 single-season scoring record with 967 points in 2013-14. 
  • Is just the fifth Stanford player to reach 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. 

Personal Notes

  • Born Chinenye Ogwumike in Tomball, Texas, on March 21, 1992, hails from Cypress, Texas.
  • Daughter of Ify and Peter Ogwumike; has three sisters: Nnemkadi, Olivia and Erica.
  • Co-founded the "Step Up 2 A Reason" fundraising event to benefit underprivileged families in Houston.
  • Honored by the Stanford Alumni Association as one of two graduating seniors to receive the 2014 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for outstanding service to Stanford.
  • Is the brains behind “Nerd Nation” and its two videos “Nerd City Kids” and “N-E-R-D-S,” starring the Stanford women’s basketball team and other Stanford athletes and alum, including her older sister Nneka and Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. 
  • Majored in international relations.
  • She and her sister Nneka have partnered with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support UNICEF’s efforts in Nigeria with three goals: to engage American girls basketball players in community service, raise awareness among Americans about what is happening right now in Nigeria and Raise money for UNICEF Nigeria's emergency fund that will help to support programs such as girls education and girls empowerment among other critical initiatives protecting and saving the lives of children.
  • Has worked as a receptionist, summer camp counselor and referee.
  • When she was five, she wanted to be: an Olympic track runner.
  • Faculty mentor at Stanford was former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
  • First basketball memory was trying out for her AAU team, which she says was pure humiliation.
  • Relative of Gabe Muoneke, who has played professionally in the NBA and NBDL as well as overseas and for the 2006 Nigeria World Championship Team.
  • Attended Cy-Fair High School (Texas), where she recorded 2,509 points and 1,588 rebounds in her four-year career and captured the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Texas Class 5A state championships.
  • Naismith National High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Morgan Wooten Player of the Year, was the National Player of the Year by USA Today, Gatorade, ESPN Rise and (2010).
  • Parade Magazine co-Player of the Year (2010).
  • Also was a star volleyball player at Cy-Fair.
  • Served as her school's student body president and graduated No. 2 in her class of 697.

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USA Basketball Statistics

2011 WUG 6/6 25- 37 .676 0- 0 .--- 7- 12 .583 29/ 4.8 57/ 9.5 3 4 1
2010 U18 5/5 28- 46 .609 0- 0 .--- 10- 19 .526 37/ 7.4 66/ 13.2 7 4 5
Totals 11/11 53-83 .639 0- 0 .--- 17- 31 .548 66/ 6.0 123/ 11.2 10 8 6

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