Sims Ends the Season Strong; Earns Her Second Consecutive Rookie of the Month Presented by Samsung Award
NEW YORK, August 20, 2014 – Odyssey Sims of the Tulsa Shock was named the WNBA’s Rookie of the Month presented by Samsung for games played in August. This is her second consecutive Rookie of the Month presented by Samsung honor.
The Eastern and Western Conference Player of the Month awards, as well as the WNBA Rookie of the Month, are presented by Samsung and part of the larger WNBA Performance Awards presented by Samsung program. This marks the first season that Samsung, an official WNBA marketing partner, will present the WNBA’s highest individual honors, including the WNBA Most Valuable Player, WNBA Most Improved Player, WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, and WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.
For the month of August, the University of Baylor product led the league in scoring (23.5 ppg) and minutes played (36.6 mpg), placed seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.410) and tied for ninth in assists (4.0 apg). Among rookies, Sims was third in assists and placed second in three-point field goal percentage. Sims scored 20 or more points in five out of the six games and 25 or more in three of those contests.
In a 96-90 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Aug. 5, Sims scored 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field to go along seven assists and five rebounds. In Tulsa’s regular-season finale against the Minnesota Lynx on Aug. 16, Sims collected her fourth 30-point performance of the season, scoring 31 points and connecting on five three-point field goals in a 80-63 loss.
Sims finished her first WNBA season leading all rookies in points (16.7 ppg), assists (4.2 apg) and minutes played (34.4 mpg). Overall, Sims ranked third in the league in minutes played, sixth in points and tied for sixth in assists.
Highlights of Sims’ month included:
• Aug. 2 vs. Minnesota: 25 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the three-point arc and added four assists in a 84-75 loss.
• Aug. 5 vs. Los Angeles: In a 96-90 win over the Los Angeles Sparks, Sims collected 30 points and added seven assists.
• Aug. 16 vs. Minnesota: Collected 31 points and four rebounds in a 80-63 loss.
For more information on this year's WNBA Performance Awards presented by Samsung, visit www.wnba.com/awards.