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Nneka Ogwumike's Bio

About Nneka Ogwumike

Nneka Ogwumike

● WNBA Most Valuable Player (2016)
● WNBA Champion (2016)
● WNBA All-Star (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
● All-WNBA First Team (2016)
● All-WNBA Second Team (2014, 2017)
● WNBA All-Defensive Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
● WNBA Rookie of the Year (2012)

2018 (Los Angeles): Played and started in 27 games in 2018, missing seven games and the All-Star
game due to a back injury and illness. Ogwumike averaged 15.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 2.0 apg, scoring in
double-figures in 26 out of 27 games. 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

2017 (Los Angeles): Played and started in 34 games… Averaged 30.9 mpg, 7.7 rpg and 2.1 apg…
Finished 3rd in the league in steals, averaging 1.85 spg… Led the team in scoring 17 times, averaging
18.8 ppg… Led the Sparks in rebounding 15 times… Had 10 double-doubles on the season… Scored in
double figures in 32 of 34 games and scored 20+ points in 19 of those games… Played a career-high 47
minutes and scored a season-high 32 points @ Chicago on 8/18… Career high 3-point field goals made
vs. Seattle on 5/13… Had a season high 10 free throws made @ Indiana on 5/24… Had a season-high
13 field goals made @ Chicago on 8/18… Named 2017 WNBA All-Star reserve.

2016 (Los Angeles): Appeared in 33 games (all starts)… Named WNBA MVP after averaging 19.7 ppg,
9.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg ad 1.2 bpg while connecting on 66.5 percent of her shots from the field, 61.5
percent from three-point range and 86.9 percent from the free throw line… Ranked third in the league in
scoring, third in rebounding, eighth in blocks, and first in field goal percentage… Field goal percentage
was the second highest in WNBA history… Set WNBA records for consecutive field goals made (23) and
most field goals in a game without a miss (12 vs. Dallas, 6/11)… Set the professional basketball record
for highest true shooting percentage (.737)… Named to the All-WNBA First Team, and to the
All-Defensive First Team… Finished third in WNBA Defensive Player of the Year voting… Named
Western Conference Player of the Week on six occasions, and Western Conference Player of the Month
two times… Selected as a WNBA All-Star for the fourth consecutive season… Established career highs in
scoring (38) rebounding (13) and blocked shots (5)… Scored in double figures 30 times… Had 18 games
of 20 or more points, including seven straight from 6/30-7/17… Scored 30 or more points two times…
Recorded 14 double-digit rebounding efforts, and 14 double-doubles.

2015 (Los Angeles): Averaged 16.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 23 regular season
games played – single-season career-high in points and assists per game… Averaged a career-high 5.2
defensive rebounds per game… Selected as WNBA All-Star for third consecutive season… Led the
league in minutes played (34.1 mpg)… Ranked fourth in field goal percentage (.525) among league
leaders… Scored 20 points or more six times… Averaged a double-double (17.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg) in first 11
games played… Ranked third on the team in double-doubles (6) this season… Set a career-high in
free-throws made (14), defensive rebounds (14) and a WNBA season-high 19 rebounds… Recorded a
field goal percentage of 52.5 percent – fourth consecutive season shooting 50 percent or better from the
field… Scored a season-high 27 points on July 2 versus San Antonio… Missed 10 games of the regular
season due to injury from June 6 through June 21 and from August 18 through August 30…
In the playoffs: 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…Tied for team lead with 7.1 rebounds per
game…Averaged 15.8 points and 1.5 assists in 27.6 minutes 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)…Led team with eight double-doubles…Posted eighth double-double of 2014 with
14 points and team-high 12 rebounds while adding team and career-high eight assists and team-high
tying three steals in 37 minutes versus Atlanta (8/8)…Scored career-high 35 points (24 in first half) and
added a team-best five rebounds and one assist in a team-high 38 minutes versus Tulsa (8/5)…Scored
game-high 21 points, pulled down eight rebounds, dished out two assists and added two steals and one
block in a team-high-tying 37 minutes versus Indiana (7/28)…Recorded team-highs of 22 points, four
steals and two blocks while adding six rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes at Seattle (7/26)… Led
team with a season-high 26 points (career-high 2-of-2 from three) while adding a career-high six steals, a
team-high six rebounds and three assists in a team-best 35 minutes versus Chicago (7/1)… Recorded a
double-double with a then season-high 24 points and 11 rebounds while adding three assists and two
steals in 33 minutes versus San Antonio (6/22)…Over career-high 39 minutes, contributed 16 points, 12
rebounds and four steals in June 1 loss at Washington.

2013 (Los Angeles): Started all 34 games…Averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and a team-leading 1.47
steals per game…Finished second in the WNBA with a .566 shooting percentage (192-of-339), eighth,
fourth among post players, in steals and eighth in rebounding…Led the Sparks with 10 double-doubles,
including three consecutive from August 27 to September 2…Scored a season-high 25 points against
Minnesota on September 12…Finished third in the WNBA in total offensive rebounds (95) and fifth in
offensive rebounds per game (2.8)…Recorded a career-high 11 defensive rebounds against San Antonio
on July 6…Named an All-Star Game reserve, scoring six points with four rebounds…Among sophomore
players, finished third in scoring, first in field goal percentage, second in rebounding and first in
steals…Started all three playoff games…Finished second in the league in rebounds per game with
11.7…Recorded double-doubles in two games and double-digit rebounding games in all three…Tallied a
career playoff high with 14 rebounds in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the
Phoenix Mercury…Scored 15 points with 11 rebounds in Game 2 and 13 points with 10 rebounds in
Game 3.

2012 (Los Angeles): Named 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year…Award marked the fifth straight season in
which the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft won the Rookie of the Year award…Led all rookies in points
(14.0), rebounds (7.5), blocks (0.9) and double-doubles (9 – fifth in WNBA)…Finished season ranked
second among all rookies in field goal percentage (53.5%) and fourth in steals (1.4)…started 33 of 33
games played for the Sparks…Earned Rookie of the Month honors four of five times (May, July, August
and Sept)…Scored 20 or more points seven times including a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds vs.
the Chicago Sky on Sept. 13…Finished rookie campaign with 9 double-doubles (fifth in the league)…Had
the league’s 12th 20-20 game in history and tied the record for offensive rebounds in a game (12) vs.
Indiana…Recorded first double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds on June 8th against
Phoenix…Made her WNBA debut with 9 points and 3 steals in the Sparks season opener against
Seattle…Started all four postseason games…Set playoff career-highs with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 33
minutes in her first playoff game and win in the Conference Semi-Finals vs. San Antonio…Averaged 9.5
points, 6.0 rebounds and 24.5 minutes vs. the Silver Stars to help lead the Sparks to the Western
Conference Finals…Started both games vs. the Minnesota Lynx in the Western Conference Finals,
averaging 8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 26.5 minutes…through four postseason games, averaged 9.0
points, 5.3 rebounds, and 25.5 minutes.

College: Stanford’s second all-time leading scorer (2,491 points) …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…named Pac-10 Player of the Year, All-Pac-10 Team, Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding
Player and Sacramento Regional, MVP and to all-Final Four Team as a sophomore…Earned gold medal
with USA Basketball World University Games Team in 2011…ranked second on the team in scoring (13.2
ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg) and shooting percentage (65.3)

Personal: Full name is Nnemkadi Ogwumike… Hometown is Tomball, Texas… Oldest of four sisters:
Chiney currently plays for Connecticut Sun and was teammate at Stanford University and Cy-Fair High
School (Cypress, Texas), Olivia currently plays for Pepperdine University and played at Cy-Fair, Erica
currently plays for Cy-Fair and will play for Pepperdine…. 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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