Former Rutgers women’s basketball star Kahleah Copper was honored this week by the WNIT, as the postseason tournament is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year. Copper was named one of the top 20 players to perform in the WNIT over the past two decades.
She led Rutgers to the 2014 WNIT Championship, where she averaged 17.5 points and 7.2 rebounds during that tournament in her sophomore season on the banks. Copper produced 18 points and 12 rebounds in a clutch title game performance over UTEP that was played on their opponent’s home floor. She was named MVP of the tournament.
The former McDonald’s All-American finished her Rutgers career as the 3rd all-time scorer in program history with 1,872 points, ranking only behind fellow Scarlet Knight greats Sue Wicks and Cappie Pondexter. Copper led Rutgers in scoring her final three seasons with the program and was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection during her senior campaign.
Copper was drafted with the 7th pick in the first round of the 2016 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. Fellow teammate Rachel Hollivay was taken in the second round of the same draft. It marked the seventh time in WNBA history that Rutgers had multiple players selected in the same draft. The program has had 19 players overall drafted by the WNBA overall.
She is currently a member of the Chicago Sky and teammates with Pondexter, who had her jersey number retired by Rutgers this past season at the RAC. It will be Copper’s second season in the WNBA after averaging 6.2 points and 3.1 rebounds during herookie campaign. Copper was traded to the Sky from the Mystics in the offseason.
Congratulations to Copper on being honored by the WNIT and best of luck in the coming WNBA season!