NEW YORK - Three former members of the UConn women's basketball team were selected in the 2018 WNBA Draft first round at the Nike New York Headquarters Thursday night.
Forward Gabby Williams was selected by the Chicago Sky with the fourth overall pick. Forward Azurá Stevens was taken with the sixth overall pick by the Dallas Wings. Guard Kia Nurse was picked 10th overall by the New York Liberty.
The 2018 Cheryl Miller Award winner, Williams is a two-time WBCA All-American. She finished her career as a Husky as a two-time NCAA champion, an eight-time conference champion and a two-time WBCA All-American. The Sparks, Nev., native had more than 1,500 career points, 1,000 career rebounds, 300 steals and 400 assists in Storrs.
Stevens was named the American Athletic Conference Newcomer and Sixth Player of the Year in 2018. She averaged 14.7 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game this season. The Raleigh, N.C., native was tabbed the conference tournament Most Outstanding Player and named to the all-conference second team.
Nurse was named the 2018 WBCA and American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. She finished her collegiate career with more than 1,600 points and 400 assists while adding 185 steals and 395 rebounds. The Hamilton, Ontario, native is a two-time CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American.
UConn has had 36 WNBA draft selections since the league's inception in 1997. The Huskies have had at least one player selected in the draft 19 times in the last 21 years, including a current 11-year streak.
Since the WNBA was founded, UConn has had 23 first round picks. This is the 11th time multiple Huskies have been taken in the same draft.
- Williams joins fellow Husky Stefanie Dolson `14 in Chicago.
- Stevens will play for Dallas with Saniya Chong '17.
- Nurse joins numerous former Huskies on the Liberty's roster: Tina Charles `10, Bria Hartley `14 and Kiah Stokes `15.
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