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Chiney named WNBA's top rookie for May

Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun has been named the WNBA's Player of the Month for May.
Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun has been named the WNBA's Player of the Month for May.Bob Phillips

Acting very much like the player she replaced on the Connecticut Sun roster, Tina Charles, Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun was named the WNBA’s Rookie of the Month for games played in May.

For the month of May, Ogwumike led all rookies in points (17.2 per game), rebounds (9.2), blocked shots (1.8), and minutes played (32.2). In addition, the former Stanford All-American led the league in total offensive rebounds (24) and was in the top 10 in points, rebounds, and minutes played, while ranking fourth in blocked shots. Ogwumike picked up a double-double with career highs in points (25) and steals (4) to go along with 10 rebounds and three blocks in a 90-87 loss to the defending champion Minnesota Lynx on May 18. She also had a career-best 15 rebounds in a 79-65 loss to the Indiana Fever on May 29.

Ogwumike, the first overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft is currently tied with two others for the league lead in double-doubles (4) and has posted double digits in scoring in each of the Sun’s seven games. The Sun has posted a 2-5 record thus far.

Highlights of Ogwumike’s month included:

• May 18 vs. Minnesota: Career highs in points (25) and steals (4) along with 10 rebounds in a 90-87 loss.

• May 29 vs. Indiana: 18 points and career highs in rebounds (15) and offensive rebounds (8) in a 79-65 loss.

• May 30 vs. Chicago: Tied a career high in blocks (3), while posting a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds).

For more information on this year's WNBA Performance Awards, visit www.wnba.com/awards.