Arike Ogunbowale

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Arike Ogunbowale
No. 24 – Dallas Wings
Personal information
Born (1997-03-02) March 2, 1997 (age 22)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Listed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolDivine Savior Holy Angels
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
CollegeNotre Dame (2015–2019)
WNBA draft2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Dallas Wings
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentDallas Wings
Career highlights and awards

Arike Ogunbowale (born March 2, 1997[1]) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Wings of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was the Most Outstanding Player of Notre Dame's 2018 national title run, hitting game-winning baskets in both the semi-final and championship game.[2]

High school career[edit]

Ogunbowale played high school basketball at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee. In the 2014-2015 season, the team won the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division I title, with Ogunbowale averaging 27.2 points per game. Ogunbowale was named 2015 Wisconsin Miss Basketball and was a McDonald's High School All-America selection.[3][4]

College career[edit]

Ogunbowale averaged 11.4 points per game in her freshman season at Notre Dame as a reserve player, and became a regular starter the next year.[5]

In her junior season, Ogunbowale helped the Fighting Irish win the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament, making game-winning baskets in the semifinal against Connecticut and in the final against Mississippi State.[2] Shortly after the end of the 2017–18 school year, the Atlantic Coast Conference named her as its female Athlete of the Year across all sports, sharing honors with men's winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville football.[6]

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

In April 2018, Ogunbowale was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on season 26 of Dancing with the Stars, she was partnered with professional dancer Gleb Savchenko.[7] Ogunbowale and Savchenko were eliminated from the competition on May 7, 2018, placing 7th.

Personal life[edit]

Ogunbowale was born in Milwaukee to Yolanda and Gregory Ogunbowale, the youngest of three children, she is of Yoruba descent. Arike's mother Yolanda played softball at DePaul University and her brother Dare played football at the University of Wisconsin.[8]

From 2009 to 2012, Ogunbowale was part of four Wisconsin State Cup-winning soccer teams.[5]


  1. ^ "USA Basketball: Arike Ogunbowale". USA Basketball. July 7, 2014. Archived from the original on April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Another Arike Ogunbowale game winner leads Irish to NCAA title". ESPN. April 1, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  3. ^ Christopherson, Brett; Thompson, Adam (March 14, 2015). "WIAA girls state basketball: Saturday's results". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Green Bay. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Arike Ogunbowale Bio". Notre Dame Women's Basketball. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Boren, Cindy (April 2, 2018). "Who is Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale, who twice hit the shot of a lifetime in the women's Final Four?". Washington Post. Washington. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Louisville's Jackson, Notre Dame's Ogunbowale Voted ACC Athletes of the Year" (Press release). Atlantic Coast Conference. July 5, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding and more superstar athletes to face-off in Dancing With the Stars season 26". ABC News.
  8. ^ "Arike Ogunbowale". USA Basketball. August 22, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2018.