AAU Girls Basketball Alum named WNBA Rookie of the Month
Congratulations to AAU Girls Basketball alum Nneka Ogwumike for being name the WNBA Rookie of the Month! Ogwumike is very thankful for her AAU Basketball days. Listen to how she got her start and what advice she'd give to young girls aspiring to be in her shoes one day:
Originally published at www.wnba.com
NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2012 – For the third time this season, the WNBA named Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike the Rookie of the Month, this time for games played from Aug.16-Aug. 31.
Ogwumike placed second among all rookies in rebounds (7.6 rpg) and field goal percentage (.548) and ranked third in scoring (12.0 ppg). Overall, Ogwumike ranked seventh in field goal percentage and ninth in rebounds. In the first game back from the Olympic break, Ogwumike had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds; she also contributed four assists in an 82-71 win over the Seattle Storm on Aug. 21. For the month, she contributed to a 4-1 record while posting two double-doubles in five games and scored in double digits in all but one contest.
The first overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft presented by Boost Mobile, Ogwumike is averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Sparks, who have clinched a playoff spot and currently place second in the West with a 19-8 record.
Highlights of Ogwumike’s month included:
Aug. 18 vs. Seattle: Double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in an 82-71 win
Aug. 21 vs. Indiana: Double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 79-69 win
Aug. 30 vs. Tulsa: 15 points and 6 rebounds in a 99-85 loss