Former Notre Dame star Arike Ogunbowale earns WNBA scoring title

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Former Notre Dame basketball All-American Arike Ogunbowale, now a member of the WNBA’s Dallas Wings, finished as the league’s top regular-season scorer at 22.8 points a game over the 22-game season.

It is Ogunbowale’s first scoring title. The 5-8 guard averaged 19.1 points a game as a rookie.

According to information provided by Notre Dame, Ogunbowale’s total established a record for second-year players and she became the third fastest player in WNBA history (51 games) to reach 1,000 career points.

She shot 41.2% from the field, 33.6% from 3-point range and 85.6% from the free throw line and was selected to the Associated Press’ All-WNBA first team.

Ogunbowale’s season ended when the Washington Mystics beat out the Wings by a game for the final postseason berth.

Ogunbowale’s career high of 39 points came against the Mystics on Sept. 6. She scored 38 against the Chicago Sky on Sept. 11.

Las Vegas’ Aja Wilson was named the league’s player of the year.

The former No. 1 overall pick three years ago from South Carolina led the Aces to an 18-4 record and the top seed in the playoffs, averaging 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and two blocks.

Wilson and Seattle’s Breanna Stewart headlined the All-WNBA team as unanimous picks and were joined by Ogunbowale, Los Angeles’ Candace Parker, and Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot.

The second team included Phoenix teammates Diana Taurasi and former Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins-Smith, Connecticut teammates DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas, and Minnesota’s Napheesa Collier.

Parker edged Thomas and Alysha Clark for defensive player of the year honors. Parker, in her 13th season, received five votes. Thomas and Clark each had four.

Minnesota’s Crystal Dangerfield, from UConn, was the runaway winner for rookie of the year. The second-round draft pick became the second consecutive Lynx player to win the award, joining Napheesa Collier. The Lynx’s point guard averaged 16.2 points and 3.6 assists.

Former Notre Dame star Arike Ogunbowale, playing for the WNBA’s Dallas Wings, led the league with a 22.8 scoring average over 22 games.