MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx tonight selected Napheesa Collier from the University of Connecticut with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft. The number six pick is the team’s highest selection since the Lynx selected Devereaux Peters with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Collier, a 6-2 forward, put together her best season at UCONN, setting career-highs in almost every category as a senior. She averaged a career-high 20.8 ppg on 61.2% from the field, a career-best 10.8 rpg and a career-high 3.5 apg. Collier registered 24 double-doubles her senior season, upping her career total to 48. She set a career-high six blocks against SMU on January 23 and a career-best 17 rebounds at Oklahoma on December 19. After her historic senior season, she was named the Katrina McClain Power Forward of the Year from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Missouri native stands as the fifth Husky all-time to reach 2,000+ points and 1,000+ rebounds, finishing her career with 2,401 points and 1,219 boards. Collier helped lead UCONN to the Final Four in each of her four seasons with the team, coming away as the National Champions her freshman season (2015-16). In 150 games as a Husky, Collier averaged 16.1 ppg on 60.1% shooting, 8.1 rpg and 2.5 apg.
The Lynx will kick off their 21st WNBA season, presented by Mayo Clinic by welcoming the Chicago Sky to Target Center on Saturday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. The 2019 campaign includes 34 regular-season games from May 25 through Sept. 6. Full season memberships are available by visitinglynxbasketball.com/membership or calling 612-673-8400.