Current Team: Dallas Wings | #24
Draft: 2010 | Notre Dame | 1st round (5th overall)
Key Accolades: All-Rookie Team (2019), Peak Performer - Scoring (2020), All-WNBA (2020, 20201), All-Star / All-Star MVP (2021)
The Down Low
Arike is known as an offensive juggernaut, and an athlete who goes to another level when under pressure. You may know her as the all-time leading scorer for Notre Dame who put up a monster buzzer beater to win the 2018 national championship. She became a celebrity after that shot, landing on Dancing with the Stars (she finished in 8th and I personally blame the wardrobe designer).
The Dallas Wings made a huge investment in Arike ahead of the 2022 season, locking her in on a three-year supermax contract. Arike appears to be taking her position of face of the franchise seriously, speaking out against transphobic policies by the Texas AG.
Know Your Meme / Buy the Merch
Arike ~iconically~ hit a buzzer beater and then showed up to the post-game presser in her own merch.
More on Arike
- Arike Ogunbowale: The W’s Scoring Wunderkind (Myles Ehrlich, Queen Ballers Club)
- 25 Arike Ogunbowale Facts: The Dallas Wings Soaring Star (Akiem Bailum, Queen Ballers Club)
- Arike Ogunbowale Is Unfazed (Ben Pickman, SI)
- The Luckiest Two Women in the WNBA (Mike Piellucci, D Magazine)