Los Angeles' Nneka Ogwumike Named WNBA Rookie of the Month for May

NEW YORK, June 1, 2012 -- The WNBA named Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike the Rookie of the Month for games played in May.

Ogwumike led all rookies in scoring (13.8 ppg), field goal percentage (.595) and blocks (1.4 bpg), and ranked second in rebounds (5.8 rpg) and minutes (24.6 mpg). Overall, Ogwumike placed second for total number of blocks (7) and fifth in field goal percentage in the league. She scored a career-high 22 points on 9-for-15 shooting, to go with seven rebounds and three assists in a win over Phoenix on May 26. Ogwumike also had a career-best nine rebounds to go with 20 points on May 24 in a loss to the defending champion Minnesota Lynx.

The first overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft presented by Boost Mobile, Ogwumike made a strong professional debut following an exceptional career at the University of Stanford. In five games, Ogwumike scored in double digits three times, helping the 4-1 Sparks to the second-best record in the West.

Highlights of Ogwumike’s month included:
May 24 vs. Minnesota: Career-high nine rebounds and 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting in a 92-84 loss
May 26 vs. Phoenix: Career-highs in points (22), minutes (35) and assists (3) in a 99-88 win
May 29 vs. Tulsa: Career-high three blocks along with 14 points and 7 rebounds in a 76-75 win

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The WNBA – which features 12 teams and is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the world – is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. A fifth consecutive year of attendance growth, the highest ESPN2 viewership since 2005, increased viewership during the WNBA Finals, and the signing of a landmark multiyear deal with Boost Mobile as the first leaguewide marquee partner highlighted the WNBA’s 2011 regular season. The league’s 16th season tipped off May 18.

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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.