Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun has been named the WNBA’s Rookie of the Month for games played in June it was announced today. That makes the former Stanford star 2-for-2 in her young professional basketball career. The two-time first-team All-American was also named Rookie of the Month in May.
During June, Ogwumike, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, led all rookies in scoring (15.7 points per game) and rebounds (8.0 per). In addition, Ogwumike came in second in minutes played, averaging 29.0 minutes per game.
The 6-4 forward was second in the league in offensive rebounds (3.7 per game) and third in field goal percentage (.593). She also finished in the top 10 in rebounds. On June 1, Ogwumike earned a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) in an 85-76 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Dream. Then, as if putting an exclamation mark on her June portfolio, the personable Ogwumike scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 17 boards in a 67-65 loss to the New York Liberty.
Ogwumike helped lead Connecticut to a 7-3 record for the month, helping the Sun rise to second place in the WNBA Eastern Division. For the season, Ogwumike is tied for second in the league in Double-D's with 6, and ranks in the Top 10 in scoring (16.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.5). She has scored in double digits in each of the 15 games she has played this season.
Highlights of Ogwumike’s month include:
• Posting a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor in a 85-76 win over the Atlanta Dream on June 1.
• Scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, while going a perfect 6-for-6 shooting from the charity stripe in a 83-75 victory over Tina Charles and the New York Liberty on June 13.
• Recording a career-high 17 boards to go along with 22 points against the Liberty on June 29.
For more information on this year's WNBA Performance Awards, visit www.wnba.com/awards.