The Los Angeles Sparks’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler announced Friday that the team has agreed to a contract extension for WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike. The details of the contract haven’t been disclosed as of yet.
“I am thrilled to announce that Nneka has decided to continue her journey with the Sparks,” said Toler. “Nneka is the ultimate professional and teammate, she is truly a great role model. She was and is a huge cornerstone in our success and future success.”
Ogwumike averaged 19.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game in 2016. She also led the league with a 66.5 shooting percentage. Ogwumike hit the game-winning shot with 3.1 seconds left in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals to win the championship. She became just the seventh player in league history to win the regular season MVP award and the championship in the same season.
The 26-year-old will be entering her sixth season in the league. The Sparks took her first overall in the 2012 WNBA draft, and she immediately made an impact by winning the rookie of the year award that season. She’s also made three All-Star teams.
In each of her first five seasons, she’s averaged more points than the previous season. Over her five-year career, Ogwumike has averaged 16.0 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 56.4 percent.
This coming season, Ogwumike will be attempting to become the first player since Cynthia Cooper in 1997 and 1998 to win the MVP award in back-to-back seasons. In the 20-year history of the league, five players have won the MVP trophy more than once.