(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: Although the WNBA Finals are underway, with the Las Vegas Aces leading the Connecticut Sun, 2 games to 1, the Los Angeles Sparks can finally call it a season now that its Mega-Star, #30 Nneka Ogwumike has earned herself yet another WNBA Award meritorious of her play during the 2022 season. The Association made its announcement recently, and the Sparks Communications Department has issued the following press announcement to all outlets who covered the team this year.
Ogwumike’s player resumé shows her to be a 7 x All-Star, a WNBA Champion (2016), the WNBA’s MVP (2016), the WNBA Rookie of the Year (2012), and FIBA’s World Cup Gold Medalist in 2014 & 2018 as a member of the USA Basketball Senior Women’s National team, She is certainly a player who leads not only her Sparks teammates by her example, competitiveness, courage, and confidence, but so many other players who voted for her to become their President of the WNBA Players Association in 2016. She was re-elected to a new three-year term in 2019. Ogwumike has become one of the most highly respected, and admired veteran players in the WNBA, as well as a huge role model and fan favorite wherever, and whenever she travels. L.A. Sparks and WNBA fans all over the world are hoping to see her with an even better 2023 season!
Nneka Ogwumike Earns All-WNBA Second Team Honors
Ogwumike Adds Fifth All-WNBA Selection to List of Accolades
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 15, 2022) – The WNBA announced today that Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike earned All-WNBA Second Team honors, her fifth All-WNBA Team recognition. Ogwumike was a member of the All-WNBA First Team in 2016 and the Second Team in 2014, 2017, and 2019. For the season, Ogwumike averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. She shot an efficient 54.4% from the field and 36.8% from the 3-point line. Ogwumike ranked 7th in the WNBA in points per game, 7th in field goal percentage, and 3rd in steals per game.
In one of the most efficient seasons of her career, Ogwumike started and appeared in 34 games, averaging 34.1 minutes per game. She scored in double-figures in 33/34 games and scored 20 plus points 12 times. Ogwumike reached the 30-point mark twice throughout the season, scoring 30 points against the Indiana Fever on May 27 and 35 against the Fever on July 19. She was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played June 20-26, her 13th career Player of the Week recognition.
Ogwumike reached significant milestones in the 2022 season, including eclipsing 5,000 career points. She ended the regular season 20th all-time in career points at 5,194. Ogwumike also reached 450 career steals, ending the season tied for 21st all time with 488 total steals.
On July 1, Ogwumike scored 21 points against the Dallas Wings to help the Sparks become the first WNBA franchise to reach 500 regular season wins. The 2016 WNBA champion and MVP was recently inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.