Sisters Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike, both of whom will be playing for Stanford this coming season, were mainstanys throughout the World University Games for the U.S. team. And, in the gold-medal game, when the most was on the line, Nneka Ogwumike came up with a big game.
Nneka Ogwumike scored a team-high 24 points as the Americans beat Tawiwan 101-66 in the gold-medal game Sunday in Shenzhen, China.
The United States led by just eight at the end of the first before building a 17-point lead (55-38) at halftime. The second half was dominated by the United States, as it outscored Taiwan 46-14.
The Ogwumike sisters starters all six games for the Americans, who finished 6-0 after handing Taiwan its only defeat of the tournament.
Until the championship game, Elena Delle Donne had been the star for the Americans, averaging 15.2 points and 8.0 rebounds through the first five games. But in the title game, it was the elder Ogwumike sister who came up big. She finished averaging 13.2 points for the tournament, second on the team.
Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins added 19 points in the win, and she finished averaging 12.3 points, third on the team.
Chiney Ogwumike, who will be a Stanford sophomore this season, averaged 9.4 points and 4.6 rebounds through the first five games. In the first five games, the Ogwumike sisters received the least playing time of all the starters, in large part because the Americans won every game so easily. The only game that was slightly close was Friday’s semifinal game against Australia, which the Americans won 79-67.
The Ogwumike sisters were not as productive in that one as each got into foul trouble and finished with four fouls apiece. Nneka was just 1-for-7 from the field for seven points, while sister Chiney tallied eight points against the Aussies.
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