Second meeting between Wildcats and Huskers in month of January
2004-05: Played in 29 games as a junior ... Led the team in scoring (11.6 ppg), field goals made (132), free-throws made (63) ... Recorded her third career double-double -- 13 points, 11 rebounds at Indiana on 1/13/05 ... Scored a career-high 30 points at Iowa on 1/16/05 ... Also set career-highs in assists (5 at Wisconsin on 2/23/05) and steals (6 vs. Western Michigan on 11/24/04) ... Led NU in scoring nine times ... 17th in the Big Ten in scoring with 12.8 ppg (conference games only), 15th in rebounding with 5.9 rpg (conference games only) ... Represented Northwestern on the 2005 Big Ten Foreign Tour.
2003-04: Played in all 28 games as a sophomore, starting 22 of those contests ... Ended the season as team's leading rebounder, averaging 5.6 rpg ... Third in overall scoring with 8.6 ppg ... Led Wildcats in double-digit scoring, tallying 10 or more in 14 games ... Recorded her first career double-double on 12/16/03 vs. West Virginia (13 points, 13 boards) ... Notched her second double-double two days later at UIC (11 points, 14 boards) ... Led Wildcats in scoring six times (Kentucky, West Virginia, Southern Illinois, Hampton, Ohio State, Iowa) ... Led NU in rebounding 10 times ... Named to the Mildred and Roger L. White All-Tournament team ... Pumped in a career-high 16 points vs. Kentucky on 11/23/03 ... Tallied a career-high 14 boards at UIC as well as a high of five assists at Wisconsin on 1/25/04 ... Eighth in Big Ten field goal percentage (.531 overall) ... 14th in Big Ten defensive rebounds (4.04 pg overall) ... 18th and 21st in Big Ten rebounding (5.6 ppg overall; 5.2 ppg in league contests).
2002-03: Grabbed 100th rebound of season at Illinois (107 total) ... Second highest rebounding total (108) on team ... Averaged 4.8 rebounds per conference game and 4.0 overall ... Team's leading rebounder the last five games of regular season, averaging 5.4 caroms (27 total) per contest ... Finished year with highest offensive rebound total (26) on team in conference play ... Started first two games of season as a true freshman ... Placed back in the starting lineup against Michigan State and finished with 18 starts, including 14 in Big Ten games ... Third highest games started total behind Kwasinski and McComb ... Scored a career-high 10 points twice--once in a 67-38 win over Michigan (2/9/03) ... Grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds at Indiana (1/9/03) ... Led team in rebounding five times ... Attempted only 10 threes on the year, making five, while shooting 44 percent (overall) from the floor.
High School: McDonald's All-American nominee ... Honorable Mention All-American, Street & Smith's ... Ranked 68th by All-Star Girls Report, and 26th best forward for 2002 class... Two-time Houston Chronicle Player of the Week winner ... Averaged 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.5 steals as a junior and 17.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.4 steals as a senior ... Three-time team MVP ... Named Klein Oak's Best Defensive Player following sophomore season ... Three-time first-team All-District ... Named to 2001 Houston Hoops All-Stars and Who's Who in High School Sports ... Won all-tournament honors at 2001 and 2002 Barber's Hills Tournament ... Named 2002 first-team TABC All-Region ... Selected Most Valuable Player of freshmen basketball team Competed on Houston Hoops AAU team ... Selected as Klein Oak's 1999 Outstanding Freshman on the varsity track team ... Won three district high jump titles as a member of Klein Oak's varsity track team, as well as second-place finish at the 2001 Texas State Track Meet ... District champion triple jumper ... Regional champion high jumper ... Also named Outstanding Track Athlete following sophomore and junior seasons ... A three-time Honor Roll member ... Vice-President of her junior and senior classes ... Who's Who Among American High School Students ... Student Council representative last three years of high school.
Personal: Born Ifeoma Nneka Okonkwo on 2/1/84 ... Daughter of Cletus and Francisca Okonkwo ... One of four siblings that includes a twin brother ... Younger sister is a freshman at Northwestern ... Chose Northwestern over Purdue, California Berkeley, Rice and Baylor ... Political Science major.
Okonkwo's Career Highs
Points: 30 at Iowa (1/16/05)
Rebounds: 14 at UIC (12/18/03) Assists: 5 vs. at Wisconsin (2/23/05) Steals: 6 vs. Western Michigan (11/24/04)