After a stellar four-year career in purple and white, Lindsey Pulliam was selected as the 27th overall pick by the Atlanta Dream in the third round of the 2021 WNBA Draft.
With the 27th pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft, the Atlanta Dream select... @linzp99 from @nuwbball! #GoDream | #WNBADraft pic.twitter.com/sERMQWtEBc— Aatlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) April 16, 2021
Pulliam came to Northwestern as a four star recruit, according to ESPN. She made an immediate impact on the program, averaging 14.6 points per game across 35 regular season games. She played an average of 35 minutes per game her first year as well.
As her career progressed, Pulliam became a staple of Northwestern women’s basketball. She was a crucial player in the successful capture of the 2019-20 Big Ten Regular Season Championship, averaging 19.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG and 2.3 APG during her junior year.
Pulliam’s decision to return for her senior year was big for the ‘Cats as well. Throughout the regular season, she averaged 16 PPG to help the Wildcats to a fifth place finish in the Big Ten. She played a crucial role in getting Northwestern back to its first NCAA Tournament since 2015 and was key in dispelling UCF in the first round of this year’s tournament, when she scored 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
With her college career in the rearview, Pulliam now joins a Dream team headlined by Chennedy Carter and Betnijah Laney, both of whom average above 17 PPG. Pulliam is joined by Arizona’s March Madness star Aari McDonald and Spanish center Raquel Carrera as part of Atlanta’s newest draft class.
The Dream finished a meager 7-15 last season, good enough for fifth in the Eastern conference. They’ll attempt to turn it around next season and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2018.