Los Angeles' Nneka Ogwumike Wins 2019 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award
September 15, 2019 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) News Release
NEW YORK - Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike has been named the recipient of the 2019 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, the WNBA announced today.
The Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award is presented each season to a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. The award is named for the late Kim Perrot, who helped guide the Houston Comets to their first two WNBA championships before passing away in August 1999 after a seven-month battle with cancer.
Ogwumike received seven votes from a national panel of 43 sportswriters and broadcasters. The Connecticut Sun's Jasmine Thomas and the Atlanta Dream's Elizabeth Williams tied for second with six votes each, followed by the Las Vegas Aces' A'ja Wilson with five votes.
Ogwumike will be presented with the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award before the third-seeded Sparks play host to the sixth-seeded Seattle Storm in a second-round, single-elimination playoff game on Sunday, Sept. 15 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
A six-time WNBA All-Star, Ogwumike has spent her entire eight-year career with the Sparks. She averaged team highs of 16.1 points (ninth in the WNBA), 8.8 rebounds (fourth) and 1.88 steals (fifth) in 32 games this season, earning All-Star honors and helping the Sparks finish with a 22-12 record. Ogwumike was selected to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team for the fourth time.
In 2016, Ogwumike was named the WNBA Most Valuable Player and led Los Angeles to the WNBA championship. The former Stanford University standout was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft and earned the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award that same year.
Last year, Ogwumike received the 2018 Seasonlong WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm in recognition of her dedication to community outreach.
Below are the voting results for the 2019 WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award and a list of all-time winners.
2019 KIM PERROT SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD RESULTS
Player Team Votes
Nneka Ogwumike Los Angeles Sparks 7
Jasmine Thomas Connecticut Sun 6
Elizabeth Williams Atlanta Dream 6
A'ja Wilson Las Vegas Aces 5
Danielle Robinson Minnesota Lynx 4
LaToya Sanders Washington Mystics 4
Courtney Vandersloot Chicago Sky 3
Candice Dupree Indiana Fever 2
Leilani Mitchell Phoenix Mercury 2
Sami Whitcomb Seattle Storm 2
Chelsea Gray Los Angeles Sparks 1
Tanisha Wright New York Liberty 1
KIM PERROT SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS
2019 Nneka Ogwumike Los Angeles Sparks
2018 Sue Bird Seattle Storm
2017 Sue Bird Seattle Storm
2016 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever
2015 DeLisha Milton-Jones Atlanta Dream
2014 Becky Hammon San Antonio Stars
2013 Swin Cash Chicago Sky
Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever
2012 Kara Lawson Connecticut Sun
2011 Sue Bird Seattle Storm
Ruth Riley San Antonio Stars
2010 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever
2009 Kara Lawson Sacramento Monarchs
2008 Vickie Johnson San Antonio Stars
2007 Tully Bevilaqua Indiana Fever
2006 Dawn Staley Houston Comets
2005 Taj McWilliams-Franklin Connecticut Sun
2004 Teresa Edwards Minnesota Lynx
2003 Edna Campbell Sacramento Monarchs
2002 Jennifer Gillom Phoenix Mercury
2001 Sue Wicks New York Liberty
2000 Suzie McConnell Serio Cleveland Rockers
1999 Dawn Staley Charlotte Sting
1998 Suzie McConnell Serio Cleveland Rockers
1997 Haixia Zheng Los Angeles Sparks
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