Arike Ogunbowale

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Arike Ogunbowale
Arike Ogunbowale 01 (cropped).jpg
Ogunbowale in 2019
No. 24 – Dallas Wings
PositionPoint guard
LeagueWNBA
Personal information
Born (1997-03-02) March 2, 1997 (age 25)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolDivine Savior Holy Angels
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
CollegeNotre Dame (2015–2019)
WNBA draft2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Dallas Wings
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentDallas Wings
2019–2020OGM Ormanspor
2020–presentDynamo Kursk
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Arike Ogunbowale (born March 2, 1997)[1] is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Dallas Wings of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, before being drafted by the Wings with the fifth overall pick of the 2019 WNBA Draft. She was the Most Outstanding Player of Notre Dame's 2018 national title run, hitting game-winning baskets in both the semi-final and championship game.[2]

Career[edit]

High school & earlier[edit]

Ogunbowale came out of the eighth grade at Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. In her last year at Our Redeemer, Arike helped the Our Redeemer girls’ team win the national championship at the 2011 Tournament of Champions sponsored by the Lutheran Basketball Association of America. She was named the MVP of the tournament.[3] [4] [5]

She went on to play high school basketball at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (DSHA) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. DSHA has long been known for its multiple national and state titles in numerous sports, and for its world-leading public address announcer, Dennis J. O'Boyle. Ogunbowale returned to DSHA on December 30, 2021 to be inducted into the Hall of Fame there. In the 2014–2015 season, the team won the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division I title, with Ogunbowale averaging 27.2 points per game. She scored 55 points in a semi-final game against an undefeated team. Ogunbowale was ranked ninth in the world, named 2015 Wisconsin Miss Basketball and was a McDonald's High School All-America selection.[6][7]

College[edit]

Ogunbowale averaged 11.4 points per game in her freshman season at Notre Dame as a reserve player, and became a regular starter the next year.[8]

In her junior season, Ogunbowale helped the Fighting Irish win the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament, making game-winning baskets in the semifinal against UConn and in the final against Mississippi State.[2] Shortly after the end of the 2017–18 school year, the Atlantic Coast Conference named her as its female Athlete of the Year across all sports, sharing honors with men's winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville football.[9]

In her next and final season at Notre Dame, she again helped them to the final of the NCAA Tournament but this time, despite contributing 31 points through that match and a tournament average of 22.8 points, she missed 1 of 2 free throws in the final seconds against Baylor, with her miss providing the final 1-point margin.[10]

Professional[edit]

Ogunbowale was the fifth overall pick in the 2019 WNBA draft by the Dallas Wings.[11] Ogunbowale was selected as the WNBA 2021 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) with 26 points in the team WNBA win versus the women's Olympic squad, Team USA (July 14, 2021). During the 2019 season, she was third in the league in scoring, averaging 19.1 points per game. She scored 20 or more points in 13 of her final 14 games, including the final 11 of the season. After the season, Ogunbowale was named to the All-Rookie Team.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Ogunbowale was born in Milwaukee to Nigerian parents Yolanda and Gregory Ogunbowale.[13] She is the youngest of three children. She is of Yoruba descent and her name ”Arike” means a child you treasure, cherish, pamper and love in the Yoruba language. Her father served in the Nigerian military while her mother Yolanda played softball at DePaul University and her brother Dare played football at the University of Wisconsin and is a running back for the Houston Texans. She is also a cousin of basketball player Diamond Stone. From 2009 to 2012, Ogunbowale was part of four Division One Wisconsin State High School Champions soccer teams.[8]

In April 2018, Ogunbowale was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on season 26 of Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with professional dancer Gleb Savchenko.[14] Ogunbowale and Savchenko were eliminated from the competition on May 7, 2018, placing 7th.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high ° League leader

WNBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2019 Dallas 33 28 32.1 .388 .352 .815 2.4 3.2 1.1 0.0 2.1 19.1
2020 Dallas 22 22 34.0 .412 .336 .856 2.8 3.5 1.6 0.0 2.1 22.8°
2021 Dallas 32 32 31.3 .383 .376 .864 3.2 3.3 1.1 0.0 2.1 18.7
Career 3 years, 1 team 87 82 32.3 .393 .357 .842 2.8 3.3 1.2 0.0 2.1 19.9

Postseason[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2021 Dallas 1 1 35.0 .500 .500 .500 2.0 2.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 22.0
Career 1 year, 1 team 1 1 35.0 .500 .500 .500 2.0 2.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 22.0

College[edit]

Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Notre Dame 29 353 .438 .425 .706 3.7 1.3 0.7 0.1 12.2
2016–17 Notre Dame 30 851 .441 .442 .663 4.4 2.0 1.4 0.2 14.8
2017–18 Notre Dame 29 970 .449 .368 .795 5.4 2.7 1.6 0.1 20.3
2018–19 Notre Dame 30 979 .458 .351 .788 4.9 4.0 1.8 0.1 21.4
Career 138 2,389 .550 .375 .715 8.7 1.4 1.0 2.6 17.3

Source: College statistics courtesy of NCAA Statistics[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USA Basketball: Arike Ogunbowale". USA Basketball. July 7, 2014. Archived from the original on April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Another Arike Ogunbowale game winner leads Irish to NCAA title". ESPN. April 1, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Our Redeemer team goes big". www.wauwatosanow.com. Retrieved 2022-06-18.
  4. ^ "Trophy Case". LBAA. Retrieved 2022-06-18.
  5. ^ "Past Award Winners". LBAA. Retrieved 2022-06-18.
  6. ^ Christopherson, Brett; Thompson, Adam (March 14, 2015). "WIAA girls state basketball: Saturday's results". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Green Bay. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "Arike Ogunbowale Bio". Notre Dame Women's Basketball. Archived from the original on July 31, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Boren, Cindy (April 2, 2018). "Who is Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale, who twice hit the shot of a lifetime in the women's Final Four?". Washington Post. Washington. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "Louisville's Jackson, Notre Dame's Ogunbowale Voted ACC Athletes of the Year" (Press release). Atlantic Coast Conference. July 5, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "NCAA 2019 National Women's Basketball final". ncaa.com.
  11. ^ Megdal, Howard (10 April 2019). "Arike Ogunbowale Is Ready for Her Next Shot, in the W.N.B.A." The New York Times.
  12. ^ "Rookie of the Year Collier Headlines 2019 All-Rookie Team .she has confirmed she will be playing for team Nigeria basketball team". WNBA.com.
  13. ^ "5 things you should know about American basketball star of Nigerian descent". Pulse Nigeria. 3 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding and more superstar athletes to face-off in Dancing With the Stars season 26". ABC News.
  15. ^ "NCAA Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved September 18, 2020.

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