Former Northwestern star Nia Coffey has been selected by the San Antonio Stars with the No. 5 overall pick in the first round of the 2017 WNBA Draft.
Coffey, a forward from Hopkins High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the first player in Northwestern basketball history to be drafted in the first round. She finished her Northwestern career with 2,287 points, just 20 shy of Anucha Browne’s program record. Coffey is the all-time leader with 1,183 rebounds and 496 free throws made. She is second in program history with 229 blocks.
The first Northwestern player to ever be selected to an All-Big Ten First Team all four years of her career, Coffey was also a two-time AP All-American Honorable Mention.
Coffey was a member of four straight winning teams. As a sophomore, she helped lead the Wildcats to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1997. As a senior, she averaged 20 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
The Stars went a league-worst 7-27 last season and have missed the playoffs for two straight seasons. Washington’s Kelsey Plum, the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer, was taken by the Stars with the No. 1 overall pick.
You can track the entire first round’s selections here.