“It didn’t hit me until I stepped onto the court,” Saniya Chong says of becoming a professional basketball player.

The 5-8 New York native, who played at UConn and won three consecutive NCAA women’s basketball national championships under legendary Head Coach Geno Auriemma, seems destined to be playing professionally. With a combined high school and collegiate record of 143-2, Chong was named Miss New York Basketball and Parade Magazine national high school player of the year. 

Fast forward just a few short years, and Saniya is thriving in her rookie season, with playing time in all Wings games and averaging .422 field goal percentage. As part of the historic Wings rookie class, she has made an impact on games in pivotal moments, earning respect from her teammates and support from fans. However, it has been visits from her number one fan that has meant the most to Saniya.

“My mom coming to visit me has been awesome,” Saniya said of seeing her mom in the crowd at College Park Center. “I missed her so much and having her here on this journey with the Dallas Wings has been incredible. She’s always been my biggest supporter and I love when she’s able to come watch me play.” 

Now, as part of the Wings family, Saniya is thriving in her new home town, and it’s a good thing she loves her job. When asked what job she would have if she wasn’t a basketball player, Saniya’s reply was “Not being a basketball player is not an option.”