Fever’s Natalie Achonwa named Rookie of the Month for games played in June

June 2015 WNBA Rookie of the Month, Natalie Achonwa.
June 2015 WNBA Rookie of the Month, Natalie Achonwa.

Natalie Achonwa of the Indiana Fever was named the WNBA’s Rookie of the Month for games played in June. Last month she  led all rookies in points (10.2 ppg) and placed second in field goal percentage (.526), fourth in rebounds (4.6 rpg), and fifth in minutes played (21.5 mpg).  Overall, she ranked sixth among all WNBA players in field goal percentage.  Achonwa had career highs in points (14) and minutes (32) to go with five rebounds in a 78-69 loss to the Minnesota Lynx on June 6.

The ninth overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, Achonwa was sidelined all of last season due to an ACL injury sustained during the NCAA tournament in 2014.  The Notre Dame graduate has started in all but one game for the Fever and posted double digits in scoring in seven of her first 10 games this season.  She ranks second on the team in rebounds and fourth in points.

Highlights of Achonwa’s month included:

  • June 5 vs. Chicago: Finished with 10 points and six rebounds, including a career-high five defensive rebounds, in a 95-72 loss.
  • June 6 vs. Minnesota: Scored a career-high 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field in a 78-69 loss.
  • June 12 vs. Phoenix: Grabbed a career-high seven rebounds, including a career-high four offensive rebounds, in a 77-74 win.
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