2014 Draft Watch: Name Games
With the NCAA regular season moving closer and closer to its conclusion in March, the name of the game these days – especially for seniors – is making a name for yourself. Whether that’s finally stepping into the spotlight like Uju Ugoka who came back her senior year for Virginia Tech to average 19 points and 10 rebounds per game, or whether it’s stepping out of the shadow of someone with your same name like Chiney Ogwumike has already proven she can do. But it’s also making sure that no one ever forgets your name. Which they certainly won’t if you’re Odyssey Sims who had another big game against Kansas State.
And of course – if you’re Connecticut – it’s all about trying to hold on to your good name. That is to say, keep beating teams by over 30 points, which they did in their 83-49 win over Memphis.
Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford)
We already knew there was something special about the Ogwumike name thanks to big sis and WNBAer Nneka Ogwumike, but what’s really in a name? Apparently, a lot more than just legacy. As Chiney Ogwumike really continues to make a name for herself, she talked with ESPN about the literal meaning of the name Ogwukmike in Nigerian: “he who does not tire.”
Ogwumike dropped 30 points again against Arizona State, which bumps her average up to 27 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Odyssey Sims (Baylor)
Also still living up to her name this week: Odyssey Sims. Her stats continue to be nothing short of epic. Sims is now averaging 31 points per game. This week she helped Baylor sail past Kansas State 71-47 with 20 points. And while 20 points in one game is nowhere close to Odyssey's average, we're starting to see an Odyssey that responds to increased defensive pressure by freeing up her teammates for wide open shots.
Other notable seniors:
Uju Ugoka, who before her senior year only started 10 games, came back this year to start every game for Virginia Tech and is averaging 19 points per game and 10 rebounds.
Tricia Liston of Duke is still stepping up in Chelsea Gray’s absence and averaging 17 points per game and 6 rebounds.
Tyaunna Marshall, Georgia Tech’s 5’9” guard, is averaging 18 points per game and 8 rebounds.
Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) – 17 ppg, 11 rpg, 3 apg
Jordan Hooper (Nebraska) – 19 ppg, 10 rpg, 1 apg
Stefanie Dolson (UConn) – 13 ppg, 9 rpg, 3 apg
Maggie Lucas (Penn State) – 20 ppg, 3 rpg, 1 apg
Chelsea Douglas (Wake Forest) – 18 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg
Kayla McBride (Notre Dame) – 16 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg
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