Ogwumike ready to lead Stanford to a special year

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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Chiney Ogwumike speaks of how happy she is to see the parity and improvement in the Pac-12. Yet make no mistake, she plans to do everything she can to send herself out a Pac-12 champion again.

Last fall as the season approached, Tara VanDerveer remained unsure how Ogwumike would play for the first time without her WNBA star big sister, Nnemkadi.

All of those questions were answered in a hurry. The Stanford star assumed a leadership role, went on to win Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, and averaged 22.4 points and 12.9 rebounds while carrying the Cardinal to the Spokane Regional semifinals.

Stanford missed reaching a sixth straight Final Four -- and that still stings. Now, Ogwumike wants to get Stanford back to the big stage before she's done.