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Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike named Pac-12 woman of the year

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Chiney Ogwumike was named the Pac-12 Woman of the Year on Wednesday, making her the second Stanford athlete to the earn the award since its inception in 2006.

Cross country and track and field standout Arianna Lambie earned the honor in 2008, becoming the first Stanford athlete to be named conference Woman of the Year.

The Pac-12 Woman of the Year award honors a graduating student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.

Being named conference woman of the year means Ogwumike has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Ogwumike was a first-team All-American and was the first Stanford player to win the John R. Wooden Award as national player of the year. She led the Cardinal to a 14th straight conference regular-season title and a Final Four berth for the sixth time in the past seven years. Ogwimike was ranked fourth in the nation in scoring (26.1 points per game), ninth in rebounding (12.1 rebounds per game) and fourth in field goal percentage (60.1). She was also named the Pac-12 defensive player of the year.

She is the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer (2,737 points) and rebounder (1,567), and set the conference record for points scored in a season with 967.

In April, Ogwumike was the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft. Her sister, Nneka, was the No. 1 overall selection in 2012, making them the only pair of siblings other than Peyton and Eli Manning to be No. 1 overall picks in a professional draft.

As a rookie with the Connecticut Sun, Chiney Ogwumike is averaging 16.6 points, which is ninth best in the league and 3.6 points better than her sister Nneka, who is in her third year with the Los Angeles Sparks. Chiney Owumike is also averaging 8.4 rebounds, which is 10th in the league and four spots higher than her sister. Finally, Chiney is 12th in the league in field-goal percentage at 50.4 percent, putting her one spot behind Nneka, who is hitting 50.4 percent of her shots. The Sun have a 3-6 record, and the Sparks are 3-4. The Ogwumike sisters have yet to face each other in a WNBA game and will not do so until the Sun host the Sparks on Sunday, July 13.

Chiney Ogwumike had a cumulative grade-point average of 3.47 at Stanford while earning her bachelor's degree in international relations. She was named the 2014 academic All-American of the year in February, and was named the Pac-12 women's basketball scholar-athlete of the year.

Ogwumike is involved in a number of community service projects. She traveled to Nigeria where she interned for the Nigerian Ministry of Petroleum and worked with the charity "Access 2 Success" to help raise funds with the hope of building a new basketball court for local youth. Recently, she and her sister have been active in raising awareness to the recent kidnappings of schoolgirls in Nigeria. The Associated Press reported they plan to begin working with the US Fund for UNICEF.

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