7 Stanford Players Join WNBA Ranks

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The WNBA’s 28th season begins tonight, featuring seven Stanford alumni on the opening-day rosters of the league’s 12 teams. Stanford’s representation, featuring seven players, ranks fourth among all schools, trailing UConn (16), South Carolina (10), and Notre Dame (8).
7 Stanford Players Join WNBA Ranks
7 Stanford Players Join WNBA Ranks

Nneka Ogwumike, entering her 13th WNBA season, has moved to the Seattle Storm after spending twelve years with the Los Angeles Sparks. The 2016 WNBA MVP and six-time All-WNBA selection is coming off a stellar season, ranking sixth in the league in both scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg).

Joining Ogwumike in Seattle is Kiana Williams. Drafted by the Storm in 2021, Williams returns to the WNBA after a brief hiatus, having shown promise in Seattle’s final preseason game with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting.

Cameron Brink is set to make her debut with the Los Angeles Sparks, becoming the 34th Stanford player to play in a WNBA game. The second overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft, Brink had an outstanding senior year, shooting 51.1% from the field and averaging 17.4 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game. Her performance earned her three All-American honors and two National Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Lexie Hull, in her third professional season, continues with the Indiana Fever. Taken sixth overall in 2022, Hull has played in 56 games, starting 29, and averages 4.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in 17 minutes per game. The Fever recently exercised the fourth-year option on her rookie contract.

Haley Jones enters her second season with the Atlanta Dream. In her rookie year, she played all 40 games, starting six, and recorded career highs, including 23 points against Las Vegas, nine rebounds against New York, and nine assists against Connecticut.

Alanna Smith signed a two-year deal with the Minnesota Lynx after a breakout season with the Chicago Sky. In 38 games, Smith posted career highs in points (9.2), rebounds (6.6), assists (1.8), steals (1.3), and blocks (1.3), earning a Most Improved Player finalist spot.

Karlie Samuelson joined the Washington Mystics on a two-year contract after stints with multiple teams, including the Sparks and the Mercury. Last season with the Sparks, Samuelson achieved career-best averages of 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, shooting 46.3% from the field and 42.6% from three-point range.

Since the WNBA’s inception, 33 former Stanford players have appeared in regular-season games, with seven players collectively winning eight WNBA championships. This season, with a strong contingent of Cardinal alumni, promises to be another exciting chapter in Stanford’s rich WNBA history.

 

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