Just two years after the Los Angeles Sparks drafted Nneka Ogwumike first overall, her sister Chineye Ogwumike has also earned the same recognition, as the Connecticut Sun Monday night chose the 6-foot-4 Stanford forward as the first overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft while other Nigerians Sarah Ogoke and Uju Ugoke remain undrafted.
Chiney (as she is called in the states) averaged 26.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per game this season, collecting 27 double-doubles while leading Stanford to a 33-4 record and its sixth Final Four in seven years. Ogwumike was the Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and was the 2014 recipient of the John R. Wooden Award.(The highest Basketball honour in College Basketball in the US)
Off the court, Chiney was the Capitol One Academic All-American of the Year and was named to the Academic All-America Team for the second straight year. Prior to the Pac-12 Tournament, she earned Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
Ogwumike finished her career at Stanford with 2,737 points and 1,567 rebounds, averaging 18.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. She broke Kayla Pedersen’s program record for career rebounds (1,266) this past January 3rd, and Candace Wiggins’ record for career points (2,629) on March 22nd. She is just the fifth Stanford player to reach 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Her career rebounding total puts her fifth-all time at the NCAA level, and her 967 points scored during the 2013-14 season is the sixth-highest single-season total in NCAA history.