Bears All-Access features Onye Osemenam as she heads into her sophomore season poised to contribute for the Lady Bears
Honors: MSU Most Improved Player (2016)...MVC Academic Honor Roll (2014, 2015, 2016).
2015-16: Played in each of the Lady Bears’ 34 games with one start...Voted by the coaching staff as the team’s most improved player following the season...Ranked second on the club with 22 blocked shots, ending the year 18th in school history with 47 career stuffs...Concluded the year with 42 points, 70 rebounds and 12 steals...Scored a season-high six points on 3-for-4 shooting against 13th-ranked Stanford (Nov. 27)...Hit the game-tying free throw in the final minute of MVC semifinal win over Drake (March 12)...Grabbed a season-high six rebounds at Little Rock (Dec. 20), and had three or more boards in 10 contests...Blocked three shots against Arkansas (Dec. 2) and Drake (Jan. 8), with multiple blocks in six games.
2014-15: Saw action in 28 contests, averaging 7.5 minutes per game...Finished the season with totals of 23 points, 49 rebounds, and 12 blocked shots...Averaged 2.27 blocks per 40 minutes...Shot 41 percent from the field, and grabbed 23 offensive rebounds...Posted career highs across the board at Colorado (Nov. 28), finishing with six points, eight rebounds, and two blocks on 3-for-5 shooting in 19 minutes...Had four points and three boards the next day against TCU while blocking two more shots...Hauled in six caroms against Indiana State (Jan. 4), one of seven games on the season with at least three rebounds.
2013-14: Appeared in 28 of MSU’s 31 games as a true freshman, averaging 7.5 minutes per contest...Scored 14 points and grabbed 36 rebounds on the year, including 19 on the offensive glass...Ranked second on the team with 13 blocked shots...Averaged 2.46 stuffs per 40 minutes, a rate that nearly equalled the MVC’s leader in blocks...Scored first career point on a free throw at IUPUI (Nov. 17), and made one field goal in five separate contests...Grabbed a season-high four rebounds Jan. 31 against Evansville, and had at least three boards in four outings...Blocked two shots each against Evansville (Jan. 31) and at UNI (Feb. 14).
Background: Osemenam enjoyed a standout career at Maranatha Christian Academy in Minneapolis, ending her career ranked second in Minnesota girls basketball history in blocked shots as a four-time first-team all-conference and three-time all-state choice...Averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks as a senior, earning all-state recognition as the Mustangs went 24-5 and advanced to the state quarterfinals...Osemenam was also a Miss Minnesota Basketball candidate that season...Posted averages of 16.6 points, 11 boards and three blocks as a junior while leading Maranatha to a second consecutive Class A state title, passing the 1,000 career point mark during an honorable mention all-state season...Finished the state tournament as the event’s top rebounder and No. 8 scorer, capping it with 10 points, nine boards and five blocks in the championship game...Osemenam averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds as a sophomore, and 14 points and 11 boards as a freshman, grabbing honorable mention all-state laurels that season as well.
Personal: Onye Osemenam is the daughter of Collette Nwangwu...Born in Minneapolis, Minn...Has two siblings, Obi and Oly...Cell and Molecular Biology major at Missouri State...Turned 21 in August.