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Nneka Ogwumike's Bio

About Nneka Ogwumike

Career Highlights

  • WNBA Most Valuable Player (2016)
  • WNBA Champion (2016)
  • WNBA All-Star (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • All-WNBA First Team (2016)
  • All-WNBA Second Team (2014, 2017, 2019)
  • WNBA All-Defensive Team (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year (2012)
  • No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft (Los Angeles)
  • WNBPA President (2016 – present)
  • WNBA Player of the Month (July 2019)
  • USA Basketball Pre-Olympic Training Program (2019-2020)
  • WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Member of the ‘W25’: The WNBA’s Top 25 most dominant, skilled, and entertaining players in league history 

2021 (Los Angeles): 

  • Named to ‘W25’: The WNBA’s Top 25 most dominant, skilled, and entertaining players in league history 
  • Earned the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award for her third consecutive season (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Ogwumike missed 14 games due to a knee injury
  • Appeared in 18 games with 18 starts
  • Averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, shooting 53.2% from the field
  • Scored in double-figures 16 times with three double-doubles
  • Recorded a career-high 9 assists against the Atlanta Dream on August 17, 2021

2020 (Los Angeles): 

  • Averaged 13.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists. And 1.1 steals per game.
  • Shot 56.9% from the field and 50.0% from the three-point line.
  • Had a perfect scoring game against the Mercury where she went 8-8 from the field, 2-2 from three, and 3-3 from the free-throw line.
  • Scored in double-digits in 14 of the 18 games she played in.
  • Was 4th league-wide in field goal percentage.
  • Ogwumike was 6th in effective field goal percentage league-wide.
  • Finished 7th in true shooting percentage at 63.6%.

2019 (Los Angeles): 

  • Passed DeLisha Milton-Jones on Aug. 27 to become the third leading scorer in Sparks history behind Candace Parker (2nd) and Lisa Leslie (1st)
  • Earned WNBA Player of the Month for July 2019
  • Earned WNBA Player of the Week honors twice, making her 11th All-Time in WNBA Player of the Week honors (12)
  • Recorded twelve double-doubles, third most in the WNBA
  • Averaged 8.8 rebounds per game, ranked fourth in the league
  • Tied for second in defensive win shares and ranked third in offensive win shares, making her the only player in the top 3 in both categories in 2019
  • Ranked first in the WNBA in defensive rating, fifth in total steals and fourth in rebounds per game
  • Recorded her 8th playoff double-double in Game 1 of the semifinals in Connecticut
  • Semifinals Game 2: passed Diana Taurasi for 18th all-time in postseason rebounds and moved to tied for 16th all-time in Game 3 (271)
  • Earned 2019 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award
  • Named a WNBA All-Star for the sixth time
  • Instrumental in the recent WNBA Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiations

2018 (Los Angeles): 

  • Played and started in 27 games, averaging 15.5 points per game, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists
  • Missed seven games in addition to the All-Star game due to a back injury and illness
  • Scored in double-figures in 26 out of the 27 games
  • Logged a season-high 25 points going 11-of-13 from the field in a win over Indiana on May 22
  • Ogwumike won the 2018 WNBA Community Assist Award, recognizing her efforts in community service, working with children and taking on a leadership role off the court
  • Averaged 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals during the playoffs when the Sparks reached the second round

2017 (Los Angeles):

  • Was named to the WNBA All-Star roster, All-WNBA Second Team and WNBA All-Defensive Team
  • Played and started in 34 games, averaging 18.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game
  • Finished 3rd in the league in steals, averaging 1.85 per game
  • Notched 10 double-doubles on the season and logged 20 points or more in 19 games
  • Finished fifth in the league in field goal percentage, shooting 56.1 percent from the field
  • Turned in a season-high 32 points in a win over Chicago on Aug. 18
  • Averaged 14.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals during the Sparks’ Finals run during the playoffs

2016 (Los Angeles):

  • Named WNBA Most Valuable Player
  • Named to the All-WNBA First Team, the All-Defensive First Team and the All-Star roster
  • Played and started in 33 games, averaging 19.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 blocks per game
  • Shot a career-high 66.5 percent from the field, 61.5 percent from 3-point range and 86.9 percent from the charity stripe
  • Led the league in field goal percentage which marked the second highest percentage in WNBA history
  • Set a WNBA record for consecutive field goals made (23) and most field goals in a game without a miss on June 11 against Dallas (12)
  • Notched 18 games of 20 or more points, including seven straight from June 30 to July 17
  • Scored 30 or more points two times and recorded and 14 double-doubles
  • Registered a career-high 38 points against Atlanta on June 30
  • Averaged 17.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game during the Sparks’ championship run
  • Grabbed an offensive rebound to knock down the game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds left in Game 5 of the Finals to help the Sparks win 76-75 against Minnesota on Sept. 28

2015 (Los Angeles):

  • Selected as WNBA All-Star for third consecutive season
  • Averaged 16.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 23 regular season games played
  • Led the league in minutes played at 34.1 minutes per game and ranked fourth in field goal percentage shooting 52.5 percent from the field
  • Averaged a double-double with 17.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in her first 11 contests
  • Logged a season-high 27 points against San Antonio on July 2
  • Missed 10 games of the regular season due to injury from June 6 through June 21 and from August 18 through August 30
  • Averaged 11.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in three games played of the Western Conference Semifinals

2014 (Los Angeles): 

  • Started all 33 games played, averaging 15.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game
  • Finished eighth in league in scoring average, 10th in field goal percentage (.520), ninth in free throw percentage (.873) and seventh in steals per game (1.76)
  • Posted eighth double-double of the season with 14 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high eight assists against Atlanta on Aug. 8
  • Scored season-high 35 points – including 24 in first half – against Tulsa on Aug. 5
  • Averaged 11.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game during the Western Conference Semifinals against Minnesota

2013 (Los Angeles):

  • Played and started in all 34 games, averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game
  • Finished second in the league in field goal percentage shooting 56.6 percent from the field
  • Led the Sparks with 10 double-doubles, including three consecutive from Aug. 27 to Sept. 2
  • Finished third in the WNBA in total offensive rebounds (95) and fifth in offensive rebounds per game (2.8)
  • Scored a season-high 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds in an 85-84 win over Minnesota on Sept.12
  • Started all three playoff games and averaged 12 points and 11.7 rebounds in the Western Conference Semifinals
  • Tallied a playoff career-high 14 rebounds in Game 1 of the series against Phoenix

2012 (Los Angeles):

  • Named 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year
  • Started all 33 games and averaged 14.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and logged nine double-doubles – leading all rookies in each category
  • Finished season ranked second among all rookies shooting 53.3 percent from the field
  • Recorded first double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds against Phoenix on June 8
  • Logged the WNBA’s 12th 20-20 game in league history and tied the record for offensive rebounds in a game (12) against Indiana on July 12
  • Scored 20 or more points seven times including a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds against Chicago on Sept. 13
  • Started all four postseason games and averaged 9.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 25.5 minutes of action against San Antonio and Minnesota


  • Selected by the Los Angeles Sparks in the first round with the first overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft


  • CCC Polkowice (2012-2013)
  • Dynamo Kursk (2014-2018)
  • Guangdong (2019)


  • Was a member of the USA Women’s U18 team which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2008
  • Started all five contests in the team’s championship run, averaging a team-high 12.6 points and a tem-high 8.0 rebounds per game
  • Competed with the USA Women’s U19 team in 2009, helping the team bounce back from an opening-round loss to eventually capture the gold medal against Spain at the U19 World Championships
  • Started all nine games, led the team in scoring with 13.6 per game and won the 2009 FIBA U19 World Cup MVP
  • The youngest member of the 2010 USA Select Team that trained with and scrimmaged against the 2010 USA National Team in Connecticut in April 2010
  • Member of the 2011 USA World University Games Team that finished with a 6-0 record and won gold in Shenzhen, China
  • Member of the 2014 USA World Championship Team that compiled a 6-0 mark and claimed gold in Istanbul; aided the team to a 4-1 record in exhibition play
  • Named as a finalist for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team on Jan. 25, 2016
  • A member of the 2014-16 USA National Team and participated in USA minicamps in Feb. 2016 and May 2015
  • Accepted an invitation to the 2017 USA Women’s National Team training camp Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California, but advanced to the WNBA Finals and was not available to participate
  • Helped lead Team USA to the 2018 FIBA World Cup gold medal and a perfect 6-0 slate, averaging 7.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game


  • Became Stanford’s second all-time leading scorer with 2,491 points during her four years
  • Fourth player in Stanford’s history to tally 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds
  • Led Stanford to four Final Four appearances
  • Three-time Wade Trophy and Wooden Award finalist
  • Named Pac-10 Player of the Year (2009-10)
  • Ended her career in top five of Stanford’s all-time categories: free throws attempted (718 – first), points scored (2,491 – second), field-goal percentage (58.3 – third), free throws made (555 – second), rebounds (1,226 – third), points per game (17.2 – fourth) and rebounds per game (8.5 – fourth)
  • Set single-season records for points scored (809), points per game (22.5), free throws made (191) and attempted (230)
  • As a senior, was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, All-Pac 12 First Team and All-Defensive Team honorable mention


  • Full name: Nnemkadi Ogwumike
  • Born on July 2, 1990 in Tomball, Texas
  • Oldest of four sisters: Chiney currently plays for Connecticut Sun and was teammate at Stanford and Cy-Fair High School (Cypress, Texas), Olivia played for Pepperdine before transferring to Rice, played at Cy-Fair; Erica played for Cy-Fair and currently plays for Rice
  • Is a first-generation Nigerian-American
  • She and her sister Chiney 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
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