Tulsa Shock’s Odyssey Sims finished second in voting for the 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year Award. Winning the award was Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun. Ogwumike received 23 votes from a national panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters who voted for the award.
Kayla McBride of the San Antonio Stars placed third, and the Atlanta Dream’s Shoni Schimmel finished fourth.
Chiney Ogwumike and her sister Nneka continue to make history, becoming the first pair of sisters to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year honors. The duo started the season in historic fashion when they became the second set of siblings ever selected with the top overall pick in an American professional sports draft. Nneka Ogwumike was drafted in 2012 by the Los Angeles Sparks and was named the 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year.
In honor of being named the 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year presented by Samsung, Ogwumike will receive $5,000 and a specially designed trophy by Tiffany & Co.
Ironically, Ogwumike, Sims, and McBride were the top three selections in the 2014 WNBA Draft.
A two-time Rookie of the Month recipient, Sims paced all rookies in scoring (16.7 ppg), assists (4.2 apg) and minutes (34.4 mpg). Overall, the Baylor University product ranked third in the league in minutes, sixth in points and tied for sixth in assists. Sims collected four 30-plus-point performances in 2014, helping the Shock to their best season record (12-22) since the franchise moved to Tulsa five years ago.