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Chiney Ogwumike
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Chiney Ogwumike's Bio

About Chiney Ogwumike

Position: Forward
Date of Birth:
March 21, 1992
Stanford ‘14
High School:
Cypress Fairbanks (Cypress, Texas)

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


  • 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)


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


  • 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


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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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 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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