Connecticut Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike undergoes successful Achilles surgery

Connecticut Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike underwent successful Achilles surgery Wednesday on her left tendon at Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Her timetable six to nine months.

“Battle scars come with the territory,” said Ogwumike, the 2016 WNBA Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year. “I firmly believe that every disappointment is a blessing because the person that emerges is stronger than before.”

After missing all of the 2015 season while recovering from micro-fracture surgery on her right knee, Ogwumike bounced back in 2016. Appearing 33 games with 18 starts, she finished second on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and led team in rebounds (6.7 rpg).

“Chiney continues to be an inspiration to me with her positive attitude and a champion’s mentality,” Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller said. “She will look at the bright side of this latest set back and see an opportunity to become an even better player, person and teammate. Her determination to attack any obstacle is impressive.”

Competing overseas in China this offseason, Ogwumike was the first round MVP of the WCBA, where she averaged 33.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game for Henan Yichuan.

The first overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, Ogwumike averaged 15.5 points with 29 double-figure scoring games on the way to WNBA Rookie of the Year honors.

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