Los Angeles' Nneka Ogwumike Named Rookie of the Month For August

Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike was named WNBA Rookie of the Month for games played from Aug.16-Aug. 31.
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NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2012 – For the third time this season, the WNBA named Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike the Rookie of the Month, this time for games played from Aug.16-Aug. 31.

Ogwumike placed second among all rookies in rebounds (7.6 rpg) and field goal percentage (.548) and ranked third in scoring (12.0 ppg). Overall, Ogwumike ranked seventh in field goal percentage and ninth in rebounds. In the first game back from the Olympic break, Ogwumike had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds; she also contributed four assists in an 82-71 win over the Seattle Storm on Aug. 21. For the month, she contributed to a 4-1 record while posting two double-doubles in five games and scored in double digits in all but one contest.

The first overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft presented by Boost Mobile, Ogwumike is averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Sparks, who have clinched a playoff spot and currently place second in the West with a 19-8 record.

Highlights of Ogwumike’s month included:

  • Aug. 18 vs. Seattle: Double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in an 82-71 win
  • Aug. 21 vs. Indiana: Double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 79-69 win
  • Aug. 30 vs. Tulsa: 15 points and 6 rebounds in a 99-85 loss
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    Video

    Fever vs. Sparks

    Nneka Ogwumike scores 21 points and Alana Beard adds 17 to help the Sparks beat the Fever, 77-73.

    Sky vs. Shock

    Odyssey Sims scores 24 points to lead the Shock to a win over the Sky, 79-69.

    Lynx vs. Sun

    Maya Moore scores 17 points to help the Lynx beat the Sun, 76-65.

    Dream vs. Mystics

    Ivory Latta scores 21 points and Kara Lawson adds14 as the surging Mystics beat the Dream, 77-67.

    Liberty vs. Mercury

    Diana Taurasi records 15 points and 10 assists, Britney Griner adds 18 points as the Mercury roll to their 15th straight win.