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Ogwumike nabs AP First Team All-American honors

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On the heels of earning Naismith Trophy finalist honors, junior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named a 2013 Associated Press First Team All-American on Tuesday.

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Three days after collecting 26 points and 12 rebounds in Stanford’s  61-59 loss to Georgia in the Sweet Sixteen, junior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named to the AP All-America First Team on Tuesday. (DON FERIA/StanfordPhoto.com)

Chiney and her older sister, Nneka Ogwumike ’12, became the first sister pair to earn AP First Team All-American distinctions.

Chiney did more than just follow in the footsteps of her sister, as she broke Nneka’s single-season rebounds and career double-doubles school records this season. Along with averaging 22.4 points and 12.9 rebounds per game, the junior star also boasted a 58.6 field-goal percentage and blocked 62 shots in the 2012-2013 campaign.

Joining Ogwumike on the All-America First Team are Baylor’s Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne. With the exception of Sims, all of the First Team All Americans were also named finalists for the Naismith Trophy, given to the best women’s college basketball player of the season. The Naismith Trophy winner will be announced on April 8.

Ogwumike was also named a finalist—along with Griner and Connecticut’s Kelly Faris—for the WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. The winner of this award will also be revealed on April 8 in New Orleans, the host city of the 2013 NCAA Final Four.

For the first time in five years, Stanford women’s basketball will not play in the Final Four, as the Cardinal fell to Georgia in the Sweet Sixteen round on Saturday.

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