MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Lynx have chosen Napheesa Collier in the 2019 WNBA Draft, using their sixth overall pick.

Collier, a forward from the University of Connecticut, racked up 24 double-doubles during her senior season, averaging 20.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

The Lynx also chose Golden Gophers guard and Minneapolis native Kenisha Bell as the sixth pick in the third round of the draft. She was the 30th overall selection in the final round of the draft. Bell was the only former Gophers player selected in this year’s draft.

With the 16th overall pick Minnesota chose Notre Dame forward Jessica Shepard, Marquette guard Natasha Heideman at no. 18, and Buffalo guard Cierra Dillard at no. 20.

The Lynx then traded the rights to Heideman to the Connecticut Sun for guard Lexie Brown, who is entering her second professional season.

Shepard had played and started in 32 games for the University of Notre Dame, averaging 16.5 ppg on a career-high 60.8 percent shooting from the field.

At the University of Buffalo, Dillard started all 34 games her senior season while averaging 25.2 points, 5.7 assists, and 2.9 steals, while also making a team-best 105 three pointers.


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