Chiney Ogwumike can add another accolade to what was an already glittering college resume, as the Stanford star was one of 15 players named to the women's college basketball Associated Press All-America team on Tuesday.
While Ogwumike is still after team success and has unfinished business to take care of in the tournament, she expressed her excitement and appreciation for receiving this honor.
"That kind of stuff makes me feel good," Ogwumike said, per the AP, via ESPN.com. "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."
Ogwumike was third in the country in scoring this year (26.6 points per game) and fourth in field-goal percentage (60.8 percent). She led Stanford to a 29-3 record in the regular season, and the Cardinal have a matchup with North Carolina on Tuesday night in the Elite Eight.
You can see each of the three All-American teams listed below:
|2014 Women's AP All-America Teams|
|Kayla McBride||Notre Dame|
|Jewell Loyd||Notre Dame|
|Maggie Lucas||Penn State|
|Tiffany Mitchell||South Carolina|
|Natalie Achonwa||Notre Dame|
Of course, Ogwumike isn't the only standout to highlight the list.
Connecticut's Breanna Stewart was another of the headliners. The sophomore forward is averaging 19.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists this season and has helped her team continue its unrivaled streak of dominance.
"It really is quite an honor," Stewart said. "I think the hard work in the offseason really paid off and I truly appreciate all my teammates and coaches have done to help me achieve this."
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said that Stewart may be unlike any other player to hit women's basketball, per Jere Longman of The New York Times:
We have 6-foot guards and forwards that can shoot the lights out, can handle the ball and pass the ball. We have had 6-4 or 6-5 players that were really great post players, that could maybe make a 15-foot jump shot.
I don’t know if the game has seen anyone that is 6-4 and can take the ball from one end of the court to the other and run past most guards. Can block your shot. Can score in the post and shoot a 3 and be comfortable making 4 of 5. Not to mention she is a great passer.
Unsurprisingly, the Huskies star was one of five UConn players to earn votes from the AP. Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dodson made the second team, and the duo of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah Jefferson were on the honorable mention list.
Without a single blemish on their record, these players are certainly deserving of receiving these honors this season.
For Baylor's Odyssey Sims, this is nothing new, as the Lady Bears' senior star was named to the All-America team last season as well. She is second in the country in scoring average (28.4 points per game) and has been a catalyst for Baylor's offense.
Sims became just the second women's player in history to score over 1,000 points in a season. In fact, her 1,054 points were eight shy of the record, held by Jackie Stiles.
Following Baylor's loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament, ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel says it was an honor to have watched Sims during her career in Waco:
Maryland's Alyssa Thomas and Notre Dame's Kayla McBride rounded out the AP first team.
It's been an exciting season, and each of these star players has been a huge part of their teams' achievements.
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