Saluting top seniors in Nashville

Strengths: As immensely productive as the 6-4 forward has been throughout her career on both ends of the floor (her defense might be even better than her offense), her self-awareness and unselfishness might be her greatest attributes. Ogwumike knows what she is as a basketball player and knows the importance of great teammates. "Every game, she is consistent with her effort, with her leadership, with her positivity," junior Bonnie Samuelson said.

Weakness: She's a rebounder. She's a scorer. She's a defender. She's a leader. She writes songs. She hangs out with major political dignitaries. Ogwumike can do it all. Well, not quite. Ogwumike cannot swim -- or least, not well.

"During our offseason swim workouts, while most of us were doing the swimming, Chiney spent all of her time on the floatie side," point guard Amber Orrange said.

Part of that self-awareness enters into Ogwumike's own assessment of her aquatic skills: "I can get from Point A to Point B," she said, "but I don't know if what you see you can call true swimming," she said.

Ogwumike might be the mayor of Nerd City, but Missy Franklin she is not.

Career highlights: As great as Thomas' career has been, Ogwumike is the most individually accomplished player in this Final Four. This season, while getting the Cardinal to Nashville largely on her back, she recorded 26 double-doubles, became the Pac-12's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, won the conference's defensive player of the year award for a third time and captured her second Pac-12 Player of the Year award. Perhaps no one game epitomized Ogwumike's uncanny ability to produce than the 32-point, 20-rebound, three-block performance against the sizeable front line of Tennessee four days before Christmas.

What's at stake: Stanford has had great players. Stanford has had great teams. Stanford has been here before. Plenty. What Stanford hasn't done is win a national championship since 1992. One in Nashville would likely put Ogwumike at the top of the list of all-time Cardinal greats.

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