Chiney Ogwumike says she’s humbled to be an All-American again.
Stanford’s senior forward was honored as a member of The Associated Press women’s basketball All-America team for the second straight season, this time as an unanimous selection. Connecticut’s Breanna Stewart and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims were also on all 36 ballots selected by the national media panel that votes in the weekly Top 25.
They were joined on the first team by Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas.
"That kind of stuff makes me feel good," Ogwumike said. "I’m chasing someone, trying to work to get better. For people to say that we all think you’re a great player, it’s like wow."
It’s the seventh straight season with at least one unanimous choice. Voting was done before the NCAA tournament.
"That team does have a bit of everything," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Without question, they are the five best players in America right now and fortunately, no one has to play against that five."
Auriemma has a pretty good five of his own at UConn, including Stewart. The other four starters on his undefeated team garnered All-America votes, marking only the second time since the AP picked teams that a school has had five players selected. Seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley made the second team, while Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah Jefferson were honorable mention.
"I’m thrilled for Stewie," Auriemma said. "The fact that Bria and Stefanie were named to the second team is well deserved, and the fact that all five of our starters were recognized is quite an accomplishment."
The Huskies also did it in 2002.
"I think it shows how strong we are as a team," Stewart said. "We are not about just one player, we have a great group of players. We generally start the game strong because all five starters are talented and play extremely well together."
Stewart has been the most consistent of the starting five, averaging nearly 20 points and eight rebounds.