Ogwumike headlines Pac 12 honors

March 5, 2013, 11:18 p.m.
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Junior forward Chiney Ogwumike has become the game changer for the Card this season, breaking out of the shadow of her older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike ’12.  (BOB DREBIN/ stanfordphoto.com)

Junior forward Chiney Ogwumike became the first player in conference history to earn both Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. It is her second consecutive Defensive honor and first Player of the Year recognition, keeping it within the Ogwumike family, as her sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike ’12 won it the past two seasons.

“She has had a phenomenal year. She’s a great leader,” said head coach Tara VanDerveer. “She’s the real deal. I’m really fortunate–I just love coaching her.”

VanDerveer was recognized as Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the 13th time.

Senior forward Joslyn Tinkle (12.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and sophomore point guard Amber Orrange (10.2 ppg, 4.3 apg) joined Ogwumike atop the Pac-12, each being named to the All Pac-12 Team for the first time in their respective careers.

It can be easily argued that Ogwumike is the most improved player in the nation. Her presence on the court is a huge game changer for both the Card and its opponent. She went from averaging 15 ppg and 10.1 rpg last season during only 28 minutes a game to being the only player in the country to rank in the national top five in scoring (22.9 ppg), rebounding (12.7 rpg), field-goal percentage (59.1) and double-doubles (24) this season.

Ogwumike and Baylor’s senior forward Brittney Griner (23.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg) head the race for National Player of the Year, which will be announced in April during the NCAA Final Four.

Ashley Westhem was Editor in Chief of Vol. 248 after serving as Executive Editor and Managing Editor of Sports. She is the voice of Stanford women’s basketball for KZSU as well as The Daily’s beat writer for the team and aids in KZSU’s coverage of football. She graduated in 2016 and is currently a Communications masters student. Ashley is from Lake Tahoe, California.

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