Chiney Ogwumike

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Chiney Ogwumike
Dixon battles Ogwumike sisters.jpg
Chiney (#13 left) and her sister Nneka struggle for a rebound
No. 13 – Connecticut Sun
Position Forward
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1992-03-22) March 22, 1992 (age 23)
Tomball, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 174 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
College Stanford (2010–2014)
WNBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Connecticut Sun
Pro career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Connecticut Sun
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Chinenye "Chiney" Ogwumike (born March 21, 1992) is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun. She is 6' 3" and plays power forward. She attended Cypress Fairbanks High School in Cypress, Texas, winning the 5A State Championship in her sophomore and senior seasons.[1] as well as playing in three Final Fours with Stanford University. She holds the record for most rebounds in the history of Stanford Women's Basketball and the Pac-12 Conference, as of January 3, 2014.[2]

High school[edit]

Ogwumike was named a WBCA and McDonald's All-American.[3] She participated in the 2010 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored 24 points,[4] and earned MVP honors for the White team.[5]


Ogwumike chose Stanford over Connecticut and Notre Dame, joining her sister Nneka.[6]

College statistics[edit]


USA Basketball[edit]

Ogwumike was named to the USA Basketball U18 team. The USA team was one of eight teams from North, South and Central America, along with the Caribbean, invited to participate in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women, held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The team was coached by Jennifer Rizzotti. Ogwumike started all five games and was the leading scorer with 13.2 points per game. She was also the leading rebounder with 7.4 rebounds per game. The USA team won all five games and captured the gold medal.[7][8]

The usual sequence is for the players on the U18 team to move to the U19 team. However. Ogwumike played so well as a U18 that she was promoted to the World University Games team for the 2011 World University Games held in Shenzhen, China. Chiney was not the only Ogwumike on the team, as her sister, Nneka Ogwumike, was also on the team. Both started every game, with Chiney scoring almost ten points per game. She hit 25 of 37 shot attempts for a team leading 67.6% shooting percentage. She helped the USA win all six games and earn the gold medal.[9]


  • 2010—WBCA High School Coaches' All-America Team[3]
  • 2011—All-Pacific-10 Conference Team
  • 2011—All-Pac-10 All-Defensive Team
  • 2011—All-Pac-10 Tournament Team
  • 2011—Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
  • 2013—Pac-12 Player of the Year
  • 2013—Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2014—ESPNW First Team All-American[10]
  • 2014—USBWA All-American team[11]
  • 2014—John R. Wooden Award
  • 2014—Pac-12 Player of the Year
  • 2014—Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2014—WNBA Rookie of the Year

External links[edit]


  1. ^ USA Basketball profile
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014. 
  4. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  5. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Team MVP's". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  6. ^ " Chiney Ogwumike opts for Stanford". ESPN. November 12, 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  7. ^ "EIGHTH WOMEN'S FIBA AMERICAS U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 2010". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2 Sep 2013. 
  8. ^ "Incoming Stanford freshman Ogwumike leads USA U18 hoop team to gold". Palo Alto Online Sports. June 28, 2010. Retrieved 2 Sep 2013. 
  9. ^ "TWENTY-SIXTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 2011". USA Basketball. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Slideshow: espnW All-Americans". ESPN. Retrieved 14 Mar 2014. 
  11. ^ "USBWA ANNOUNCES 2013-14". U.S. Basketball Writers Association. March 31, 2014. Retrieved 2 Apr 2014.