The Dallas Wings selected guard Azurá Stevens out of UCONN with the sixth pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft. The team walked into this year’s draft with three overall picks, taking Stevens in the first round, Loryn Goodwin, a 5-9 guard out of Oklahoma State in the second at 18th and Natalie Butler from George Mason in the third at 30th.
“We are thrilled about the three players we were fortunate to select in the 2018 WNBA Draft,” Wings President & CEO Greg Bibb stated. “We added size, talent, versatility and athleticism to our roster and I’m excited for the start of training camp on April 29”
Stevens played in 37 games this year for the Huskies, earning 2018 American Athletic Conference Newcomer and Sixth Player of the Year. Overall for UCONN, she averaged 17.7 points per game and tied for the team lead with 7.4 rebounds per game. Named to the American Athletic Conference Second Team, Stevens led the Huskies with 76 blocks, while recording eight double-doubles. Prior to arriving to UCONN, Stevens was an All-ACC First Team selection as a sophomore at Duke, and a second team pick as a freshman. For the Blue Devils she averaged 16.2 points per, 8.8 rebounds per game and shot 52.3 percent from the field in 58 games.
Goodwin, a graduate transfer by way of UTSA, played a key role for the Cowboys, receiving honorable mention All-America status from the Associated Press and honorable mention All-American by the WBCA. She played in 32 games, leading the Big 12 by averaging 20.6 points per game and finished in the top 12 of the conference with 6.7 rebounds per game. She also led the league with five 30-point games and 20, 20-point outings.
“We are happy and very excited about our selections,” said head coach Fred Williams. We feel that all our selections tonight will come into training camp and compete for a spot on our roster. It’s just going to make us better for the regular season.”
A 6-5 center, Butler rounds out the Dallas Wings draft class for the 2018 season. At George Mason, she was an honorable mention All-American honors from the Associated Press and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. In her final season for The Patriots, she broke the single season scoring record with 653 points and an NCAA D1 single-season rebounding record with 563 rebounds. Overall, she started in all 34 games with 19.2 points and 16.6 rebounds per game. On top of breaking a single-season rebounding record, she also recorded 33 consecutive double-doubles.
The Wings will begin training camp on April 29th before tipping off the 2018 regular season on May 18 in Phoenix against the Mercury.
Individual tickets are on sale now for the 2018 regular season. Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 817.469.9464 or by visiting dallaswings.com.