Nneka Ogwumike Wins AP WNBA Player of the Year Award
NEW YORK (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike put up career numbers this season for Los Angeles and was arguably the most consistent impact player in the league.
Her efforts earned her Associated Press WNBA Player of the Year honors on Tuesday. The award was chosen by the 14-member media panel that votes for the weekly power poll.
Seattle's Breanna Stewart won rookie of the year, finishing third all-time for points by a rookie and breaking Lisa Leslie's WNBA record for defensive rebounds in a season. The former UConn star was the only rookie on the AP WNBA first team. She was joined by Ogwumike, Tina Charles, Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne.
Ogwumike's coach, Brian Agler, was named the AP's coach of the year, narrowly edging Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve. Los Angeles also had the sixth woman of the year in Jantel Lavender.
Atlanta's Elizabeth Williams was voted the most improved player. Connecticut's Chiney Ogwumike earned comeback player of the year honors after recovering from microfracture surgery in her right knee that sidelined her last year.
Minnesota's Sylvia Fowles was defensive player of the year while leading the Lynx to one of the top-rated defenses in the league.