The league announced Tuesday that the Los Angeles Sparks forward received 31 of the 39 first-place votes from a national media panel. She shot a league-best 66.5 percent from the field, the second-highest mark all-time. She averaged a career-best 19.7 points and 9.1 rebounds to help Los Angeles secure the second best record in the league.
Ogwumike, whose sister Chiney plays for the Connecticut Sun, set a WNBA record when she made 23 consecutive field goals during one stretch, including going 12-for-12 in a game against Dallas.
Former UConn players Tina Charles and Maya Moore finished second and third in the voting. Charles, who plays for the New York Liberty, finished second, getting the other eight first-place votes. She was followed by Minnesota's Moore and Chicago's Elena Delle Donne in the voting. Five former Huskies finished in the top 10: Breanna Stewart finished sixth, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird tied for ninth.
Ogwumike is the third Sparks player to receive the award, joining three-time recipient Lisa Leslie and two-time winner Candace Parker.