She did all she could for the Cardinal, averaging 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Ogwumike was thrilled to learn she and her sister Nnemkadi, who graduated last year, were the first pair of sisters ever to be All-Americans.
“Wow, what a really cool accomplishment for our family,” she said. “She always pulled me up when we were playing together, and to join her now is incredible.”
While it was Chiney Ogwumike’s first time as an All-American, Delle Donne earned the honor for a second straight time.
She carried Delaware to unprecedented heights this year with a trip to the NCAA tournament regional semifinals for the first time. The 6-foot-5 senior was second in the nation in scoring and helped the Blue Hens go undefeated in the Colonial Athletic Association for the second season in a row.
“It’s an incredible honor to be an All-American,” Delle Donne said. “To be with that group of girls is really special.”
Sims averaged 12.5 points and 5.7 assists for the Lady Bears, who lost in the regional semifinals to Louisville on Sunday night. She almost rallied them from a 19-point second-half deficit, scoring 29 points in the loss.
“I’m glad to be named to that; it’s a great accomplishment,” Sims said of making the All-America team.
The five All-Americans were on the preseason team, along with Maryland junior Alyssa Thomas. It was only the third time that the postseason All-Americans were all on the preseason team since the AP started compiling a squad in 1995.
Thomas headlined the second team with Connecticut sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Penn State junior Maggie Lucas, Duke junior Chelsea Gray and Kentucky senior A’dia Mathies.
The third team was Texas A&M’s Kelsey Bone, UConn’s Stefanie Dolson, Duke’s Elizabeth Williams, Tennessee’s Meighan Simmons and Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride.
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