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Los Angeles Sparks Forward Nneka Ogwumike Named 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year

October 7, 2012 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) News Release

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2012 - Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike earned the 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year award, the league announced today. Ogwumike received 39 votes from a national panel of 41 sportswriters and broadcasters. Phoenix Mercury guard Samantha Prahalis and Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson each received one vote.

The honor for Ogwumike marked the fifth straight season in which the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft went on to be named WNBA Rookie of the Year. She follows Maya Moore (2011), Tina Charles (2010), Angel McCoughtry (2009), and Candace Parker (2008).

Ogwumike helped the 2012 Sparks author a significant turnaround after Los Angeles missed the postseason last year. The Sparks finished the 2012 regular season with the league's third-best record (24-10) and earned the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference of the WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile. Los Angeles is now taking on the Minnesota Lynx in the Western Conference Semifinals.

A product of Stanford University, Ogwumike led the league's rookies in points (14 ppg), rebounds (7.5 rpg), and double-doubles (nine), while ranking second in field-goal percentage (.535, 178-of-333), fourth in steals (1.39 spg), and fifth in assists (1.2 apg).

In a season marked by a consistently strong performance, Ogwumike earned the league's Rookie of the Month honors four of five times, taking home the award in May, July, August, and September.

The 6-2 forward scored 20-or-more points seven times, with her highest output coming on Sept. 13, an 86-77 victory against the Chicago Sky, when she recorded a double-double with a career-best 30 points and 11 rebounds. In another notable performance, she logged 22 points and 20 rebounds game in a 77-74 win at Indiana on July 12.

In honor of being named the 2012 Rookie of the Year, Ogwumike will receive $5,000 and a specially designed trophy by Tiffany & Co.

Below are the complete results of the 2012 Rookie of the Year voting, followed by a list of previous winners:


39 Nneka Ogwumike Los Angeles Sparks

1 Glory Johnson Tulsa Shock

1 Samantha Prahalis Phoenix Mercury


2012 Nneka Ogwumike Los Angeles Sparks

2011 Maya Moore Minnesota Lynx

2010 Tina Charles Connecticut Sun

2009 Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream

2008 Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks

2007 Armintie Price Chicago Sky

2006 Seimone Augustus Minnesota Lynx

2005 Temeka Johnson Washington Mystics

2004 Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury

2003 Cheryl Ford Detroit Shock

2002 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever

2001 Jackie Stiles Portland Fire

2000 Betty Lennox Minnesota Lynx

1999 Chamique Holdsclaw Washington Mystics

1998 Tracy Reid Charlotte Sting

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