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 Power forward
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1992-03-22) March 22, 1992 (age 24)
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
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Connecticut Sun
2014–2015 Famila Schio
2016 Henan Yichuan
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Chinenye "Chiney" Ogwumike (born March 22, 1992) is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). 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] She is the younger sister of Nneka Ogwumike who also plays in the Women's National Basketball Association. In 2014, Ogwumike signed an endorsement deal with Nike soon after being drafted first overall in the WNBA.[3] As of 2016, Ogwumike was elected Vice-President of the WNBA Players Association.[4]

High school[edit]

Ogwumike was named a WBCA and McDonald's All-American.[5] She participated in the 2010 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored 24 points,[6] and earned MVP honors for the White team.[7]


Ogwumike chose Stanford over Connecticut and Notre Dame, joining her sister Nneka Ogwumike.[8] While at Stanford, Ogwumike produced a series of viral videos about the university's student athlete culture.[9]

Ogwumike ended her Stanford career in 2014 as the all-time career scoring leader for either sex in Pac-12 Conference history, a record that fell in 2016 to Kelsey Plum of Washington.[10]

Stanford statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Stanford 35 409 .574 - .626 8.0 0.9 1.5 0.8 11.7
2011–12 Stanford 37 556 .583 - .663 10.1 1.4 0.8 1.2 15.0
2012–13 Stanford 36 805 .586 .250 77.6 12.9 1.5 1.4 1.7 22.4
2013–14 Stanford 37 967 .601 .267 .713 12.1 1.7 1.2 1.8 26.1
Career Stanford 145 2737 .589 .263 .705 10.8 1.4 1.2 1.4 18.9

WNBA career[edit]

Ogwumike was drafted first overall in the 2014 WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun. In her rookie season, Ogwumike immediately became a starter, averaging 15.1 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. She was named a WNBA All-Star along with her sister Nneka Ogwumike, becoming the first pair of sisters to be selected into a WNBA All-Star game.[12] Ogwumike would also win the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2014. Ogwumike sat out the entire 2015 season while recovering from a micro-fracture on her right knee that she sustained months before the season. Ogwumike would come back healthy for the 2016 season, playing 33 games with 18 starts while averaging 12.6 points per game. She had scored a career-high 26 points along with 15 rebounds in a regular season game win against the Dallas Wings.[13] In December 2016, it was announced that Ogwumike had undergone surgery after injuring her achilles while playing overseas in China during the WNBA offseason.[14] She is currently ruled out with an estimated recovery period of 6–9 months, which will likely cause her to miss the 2017 WNBA season.[15][16]

WNBA statistics[edit]

  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

Regular season[edit]

Overseas career[edit]

In the 2014–15 European season, Ogwumike played in Italy for Famila Schio.[17] During the 2016 WNBA season, Ogwumike had signed with Henan Yichuan of the WCBA for the 2016–17 Chinese season.[18] In her fifth game with the team, Ogwumike scored 56 points (on 23 of 24 field goal shooting) along with 12 rebounds[19][20] She would end up winning first round MVP, averaging 33.6 ppg and 12.4 ppg, prior to her achilles injury.[21]

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.[22][23]

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.[24]


  • 2010—WBCA High School Coaches' All-America Team[5]
  • 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[25]
  • 2014—USBWA All-American team[26]
  • 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
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  5. ^ a b "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Team MVP's". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ " Chiney Ogwumike opts for Stanford". ESPN. November 12, 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
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  10. ^ Allen, Percy (December 11, 2016). "Kelsey Plum becomes Pac-12 all-time leading scorer, scores 44 to lift UW past Boise State". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  11. ^ "NCAA® Career Statistics". Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
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  22. ^ "EIGHTH WOMEN'S FIBA AMERICAS U18 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN – 2010". USA Basketball. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Incoming Stanford freshman Ogwumike leads USA U18 hoop team to gold". Palo Alto Online Sports. June 28, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  24. ^ "TWENTY-SIXTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES – 2011". USA Basketball. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Slideshow: espnW All-Americans". ESPN. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  26. ^ "USBWA ANNOUNCES 2013–14". U.S. Basketball Writers Association. March 31, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014.