STANFORD -- Senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named to the Associated Press All-America first team Tuesday, ahead of Stanford's regional final showdown against North Carolina.
Ogwumike, a finalist for college player of the year and a prohibitive favorite to be the top overall pick in the WNBA draft in two weeks, made the AP first team for the second consecutive year. The Cypress, Texas, star was a second team selection in 2012.
The AP honor was Ogwumike's third All-American team selection this year: she also was honored by the women's basketball coaches association and ESPNw.
The Cardinal forward was joined on the AP team by Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland).
Ogwumike, the Pac-12's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, had 29 points and 15 rebounds Sunday to lead the Cardinal (32-3) over Penn State in the Sweet 16. Stanford is scheduled to play fourth-seeded North Carolina on Tuesday night in an Elite Eight game at Maples Pavilion. Tip off is 6 p.m. It is being broadcast on ESPN2.
The winner will advance to the Women's Final Four on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn., against top-ranked and undefeated Connecticut.
Ogwumike, who likes to call herself "an afterthought" on Stanford's roster, averages 26.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game and is shooting 60.8 percent from the field. She also has 25 double-doubles in 35 games. The 6-foot-4 forward is the country's only player to rank in the top 10 in each of those categories.
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