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

Los Angeles Sparks' Nneka Ogwumike was named WNBA Rookie of the Month for games played in September.
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NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2012 – For the fourth time this season, the WNBA named Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike the Rookie of the Month, for games played in September.

Ogwumike paced all rookies in points (15.1 ppg), rebounds (7.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (.598). Overall, Ogwumike ranked 10th in rebounds and 14th in points. Ogwumike scored a career-high 30 points and added 11 rebounds in an 86-77 win over the Chicago Sky on Sept. 13. She finished out the regular season with a double-double (22 points and 11 rebounds) in a 92-76 win over the 2011 defending champion Minnesota Lynx on Sept. 20.

The first overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft presented by Boost Mobile, Ogwumike averaged 14.0 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Sparks. The Sparks are the second seed in the West and will face the San Antonio Silver Stars in the 2012 WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile.

Highlights of Ogwumike’s month included:

  • Sept. 13 vs. Chicago: Double-double with 30 points (career high) and 11 rebounds in an 86-77 win
  • Sept. 14 vs. Connecticut: 17 points, eight rebounds in 34 minutes in a 93-82 win
  • Sept. 20 vs. Minnesota: Double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds in a 92-76 win
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