Nneka Ogwumike named WNBA Rookie of the Month for September 2012, fourth time for forward

For the fourth time this season the WNBA named Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike the Rookie of the Month.  She also won the award for May, July and August. Phoenix Mercury point guard Samantha Prahalis earned the award for June.

Ogwumike led all rookies in points (15.1 ppg), rebounds (7.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (.598). Overall, she is ranked 10th in rebounds and 14th in points. She scored a career-high 30 points and added 11 rebounds in an 86-77 win over the Chicago Sky on September 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 draft, 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.

Highlights of Ogwumike’s month

  • 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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