Gamecocks' women make history again, 3 picked in 1st round of WNBA draft

Kaela Davis reacts after being selected as the the 10th overall pick in the WNBA basketball draft by the Dallas Wings, Thursday, April 13, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The Gamecocks’ women weren’t done making history.

Three women from the University of South Carolina’s National Champion basketball team were chosen in the first round of the WNBA Draft Thursday night.

Senior center Alaina Coates became the highest pick in program history, chosen as the second overall pick by the Chicago Sky.

Junior guards Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis were drafted fourth and tenth, respectively, both by the Dallas Wings.

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For context on the significance of the milestone, USC sports information director Diana Koval says before Coates, Gray and Davis were each drafted in the first round Thursday, the university only had three women drafted in the first round in school history.

Coates, a four-time all-SEC selection, finished her USC career as the program’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (.620) and defensive rebounds (850).

She is second in career rebounds (1230), double-doubles (57) and blocked shots (210). She ranks 10th all-time in scoring with 1603 points.

Davis averaged 15.5 points for the Gamecocks in the NCAA Tournament, and her 16.3 points per game on 50.0 percent shooting in the SEC Tournament helped deliver the Gamecocks’ third straight conference title. She had four 20-point games came in the postseason.

Gray had 29 double-figure scoring games in the team’s 37 outings. She was named to the All-Tournament team in the Final Four.


Statistics courtesy: University of South Carolina Sports Information

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