(AP) -- Connecticut Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike underwent microfracture surgery Thursday on her right knee.
Ogwumike is expected to make a full recovery and is expected to be sidelined for at least six months. The league's rookie of the year averaged 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while playing in 31 games for the Sun this past season. Ogwumike led all rookies in double-doubles (13) and was second in the WNBA in offensive rebounds (123).
"This is new territory for my family and I, but I am not one to shy away from challenges," Ogwumike said. "I have met every life challenge with an optimistic point of view, therefore this is an obstacle I know I will overcome. I have the best support system, both personally and professionally, so I know I will emerge from this experience a more confident and determined player."