Another TCU Athletics great has qualified for the Summer Olympics, as basketball star Amy Owonkwo and Nigeria are headed to Tokyo.
Okonkwo, who began her career in Fort Worth after transferring from USC, scored 1,324 points and tallied 606 rebounds in her three seasons at TCU (2016-19). She averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting .479 from the field, .368 from three-point range and .850 from the charity stripe in 101 games. A two-time All Conference selection and the Big 12’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2018, Okonkwo was also an Academic All Conference team member each of her three years in Fort Worth as well an NCAA Autonomy Governance Student-Athlete representative and participant in the WBCA “So You Want to Be a Coach” program.
Okonkwo is the first former women’s basketball player from TCU to compete in the Olympics, and it looks like she will have a chance to compete for meaningful minutes with the team. She scored six points in a tune-up game against Team USA this past Sunday in Las Vegas, going 2-for-3 from the field, pulling down a pair of rebounds and notching one steal in her 5-plus minutes of action. “I think I have always had in my mind to commit my international future to Nigeria,” Okonkwo said. “It has definitely been a dream of mine to play for my country and this was the opportunity to do that and I took it”.