Last night, two members of the Rutgers women's basketball team were drafted into the WNBA.
Kahleah Copper became the eighth Rutgers player drafted in the first round of the WNBA draft in the league's 20 year history. Copper joins fellow Rutgers alumnus Kia Vaughn on the Washington Mystics. She was named to the All-Big Ten second-team this season after leading Rutgers in scoring for a third consecutive season. Copper also led the team in rebounding this season and averaged 17.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. She finished her Rutgers career as the third all-time leading scorer in program history, behind Sue Wicks and Cappie Poindexter. The general manager and head coach of the Mystics discuss how they feel Copper will fit in on their team here.
Rachel Hollivay was selected with the first pick of the second round and 13th overall pick by the Atlanta Dream. Former Rutgers player Matee Avajon is also on the Dream. Hollivay made the All-Big Ten defensive team this past season and is the all-time shot block leader in program history.
It was the seventh time in WNBA history that Rutgers had multiple players selected in the same draft and the first since 2012. Copper is the first Rutgers player selected in the first round since Epiphany Prince was drafted by the Chicago Sky with the fourth overall pick in 2010. Overall, Copper and Hollivay are the 18th and 19th players from Rutgers selected in WNBA draft history. For a full list of Rutgers players drafted, click here. Good luck to both players as they live out their professional basketball dreams.