The WNBA announced that New York Liberty rookie forward Michaela Onyenwere has earned Kia WNBA Rookie of the Month award for September. This marks Michaela’s fourth consecutive Rookie of the Month honor, and as the only rookie this season to garner the award, she now joins A’ja Wilson (2018), Breanna Stewart (2016), Elena Delle Donne (2013) and Tina Charles (2010) as one of only five players to have swept the award since it was instituted in 2010.
The Liberty’s sixth overall selection in the 2021 WNBA Draft led all rookies through the regular season in points per game (8.6), minutes per game (22.5), total field goals made (91), three pointers made (37), games played (32), and starts (29), while also sitting at No. 2 in total rebounds (94). Michaela shot 39.9% from the field, 32.7% from beyond the arc and 83.6% at the free throw line in her first WNBA campaign.
Onyenwere averaged 7.0 points and 2.5 rebounds through four contests in the month of September, highlighted by her 14-point outing against Connecticut on September 15 where she shot 83.3% (5-6) from the field and 66.7% (2-3) from beyond the three-point line.