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Ogwumike Led Rookies in Rebounding and was Second in Scoring
The WNBA named Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike the Rookie of the Month for games played in July.
Ogwumike led all rookies in rebounding (11.0 rpg) and ranked second in scoring (14.0 ppg). Overall, Ogwumike placed third in rebounds per game in the league. In a 77-74 win against the Indiana Fever on July 12, Ogwumike contributed a double-double with 22 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. She also broke the WNBA record for most offensive rebounds in a game with 12, and set a new career-high in minutes with 38. Her 20-point, 20-rebound game was just the twelfth of its kind in WNBA history, and just the second performance by a Sparks player (Lisa Leslie, July 22, 2002). She posted three double-doubles in five games in July and scored in double-digits in all contests.
The first overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft presented by Boost Mobile, Ogwumike is continuing her strong rookie season, averaging more than 14 points and seven rebounds for the Sparks. The Sparks are currently third in the West with a 15-6 record, just a game back of first place after a five-game winning streak.
Highlights of Ogwumikes month included:
July 7 vs. Seattle: Double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in an 83-59 win
July 10 vs. Phoenix: 11 points, 14 rebounds and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line in a 90-71 win
July 12 vs. Indiana: Career-high in rebounds (20) and minutes (38), along with 22 points and a league-record 12 offensive rebounds in a 77-74 win