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Chiney Ogwumike's Bio

About Chiney Ogwumike

Position: Forward
Height:
6-3
Weight:
173
Date of Birth:
March 21, 1992
College:
Stanford ‘14
High School:
Cypress Fairbanks (Cypress, Texas)

Drafted: Selected by the Connecticut Sun with the first overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Has played in 64 games with 49 starts over two seasons
  • Career totals include 896 points, 485 rebounds, 70 blocks, 69 steals and 42 assists
  • Athletic post player
  • Great hands
  • Relentless rebounder
  • Plays with great energy
  • Became the second player in Connecticut Sun history to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year honors after stellar 2014 campaign (Tina Charles was the first in 2010)

2017 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Missed the season recovering from an Achilles tendon surgery on November 30, 2016
  • The injury occurred while playing in China in the offseason

2016 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Appeared in 33 games with 18 starts
  • Named Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year
  • Finished second on Sun in scoring (12.6 ppg.)
  • Led Sun in rebounds (6.7 rpg.)
  • Closed season with 17 straight double-figure scoring games, tying fourth-longest streak in team history
  • Averaged 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds with seven 20-point games and all eight double-doubles during streak from 7/7 to 9/18
  • Had career-high 26 points and seven blocks with 15 rebounds at Dallas (7/20)
  • Her seven blocks tied for third most in Sun history
  • Set franchise record for most shots made without a miss, going 8-for-8 against Minnesota (7/7)
  • Old record was 7-for-7 by Taj McWilliams-Franklin (7/21/2000)
  • Led Sun in rebounding 15 times
  • Led Sun in scoring seven times
  • Had 22 double-figure scoring games

2015 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Missed the season rehabilitating from micro-fracture surgery on her right knee
  • The surgery took place in Houston on January 22nd

2014 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Appeared in 31 games with 31 starts
  • 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year led Sun in scoring (15.5 ppg.) and rebounding (264)
  • Missed one game to attend graduation at Stanford and two games with abscessed tooth
  • Finished with 123 offensive rebounds, tied for third most in franchise history
  • Scored in double figures 29 times in 31 games, including the first 15 of her career
  • That streak was tied for fifth longest in Sun history
  • Finished with 13 double-doubles, fifth highest in Sun history
  • Scored a career-high points at Minnesota (5/18)
  • Had a career-high 17 rebounds at New York (6/29)
  • Had five games of 20 or more points
  • Third on the team in minutes played (921)
  • Led the Sun in blocks (37) and made field goals (196)

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Led Stanford to a 33-4 record, 12th Final Four appearance, and it’s sixth in seven years, as a senior
  • Three-time WBCA All-American
  • Also earned AP, ESPN and the USBWA All-American honors in her senior season
  • Earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors following her sophomore, junior and senior seasons
  • Was Pac-12 Player of the Year as a junior and senior
  • AP, WBCA and USBWA All-American as a junior and WBCA All-American as a sophomore
  • Recipient of the John R. Wooden Award following her senior season
  • Pac-10 Rookie of the Year in 2011
  • Finished her career with 2,737 points and 1,567, both of which are Stanford records
  • Her rebounding total ranks fifth all-time in NCAA history
  • Just the fifth player in Stanford history to collect 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds
  • Became the Pac-12 all-time leading rebounder on January 3, 2014, passing former Stanford teammate Kayla Pedersen
  • On March 22, 2014, became the Pac-12 all-time leading scorer, passing former Stanford star Candice Wiggins
  • Also tops the Stanford record books in field-goal percentage (58.9) and field goals made (1,100)
  • Was the only player in the country to rank in the top 10 in scoring (26.1 ppg – fourth), rebounding (12.1 rog – ninth), field goal percentage (60.1 – fourth) and double-doubles (27 – third) as a senior
  • Sum total of 967 points during her senior season is a Pac-12 single-season record and the sixth-highest total in NCAA history
  • Captured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors a record 18 times during her career
  • Named the Capital One Academic All-American as a senior
  • Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American
  • 2013-14 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

USA BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Won third gold medal with USA Basketball at the FIBA 3×3 World Championships in August of 2013
  • Earned gold medal with USA Basketball at 2011 World University Games
  • Started all six games and led U.S. with 67.6 shooting percentage
  • Member of the USA Basketball U18 National Team that captured gold at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship
  • Was the tournament’s leading shooter (60.9 fgp) and led the U.S. team in scoring (13.2 ppg)

PERSONAL:

  • Born Chinenye Ogwumike in Tomball, Texas
  • Daughter of Peter and Ify Ogwumike
  • Older sister Nneka also starred at Stanford before going on to play for the Los Angeles Sparks
  • Has two younger sisters, Olivia and Erica
  • Relative Gabe Muoneke has played professionally in the NBA and NBDL as well as overseas and for the 2006 FIBA World Championship Nigerian National Team
  • Was a two-year captain in both volleyball and basketball at Cy-Fair High
  • Was a four-year letter winner in both sports
  • Led Bobcats to 2008 and 2010 Class 5A state championships
  • Cy-Fair also reached the 5A finals in 2007, and was a semifinalist in 2009
  • Naismith and Morgan Wooten National Player of the Year
  • USA Today, Gatorade, ESPN Rise and MaxPreps.com National Player of the Year in 2010
  • Gatorade Texas Player of the Year in 2010
  • Collected 2,509 points and 1,588 rebounds during high school career
  • Averaged 22.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.1 blocks per game as a senior
  • At Stanford, wrote and helped perform two singles, “N-E-R-D-S (#NerdAnthem) in her senior season and “Nerd City Kids” along with her sister Nneka in 2012
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