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WNBA Draft live tracker: Fever take Aliyah Boston at No. 1

Aliyah Boston is expected to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 WNBA Draft. (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

The 2023 WNBA Draft, held Monday night in New York City, brought one sure bet in No. 1 overall pick Aliyah Boston. But the three rounds featured plenty of steals and surprises as well.

Just Women’s Sports tracked every pick from every team, and the JWS Twitter account provided live coverage from the draft floor.

First round

1. Indiana Fever: Aliyah Boston, F, South Carolina

The projected No. 1 pick in all three of our mock drafts since last November, her selection did not come as a shock. She helped lead the Gamecocks to a national championship as a junior, and she averaged 13.0 points and 9.8 rebounds as a senior.

2. Minnesota Lynx: Diamond Miller, G, Maryland

Another player who solidified her spot well before draft night, the 6-3 guard scored 19.7 points per game as the lone returning starter for the Terps this season. She finished her college career as a three-time All-Big Ten selection.

3. Dallas Wings: Maddy Siegrist, F, Villanova

The leading scorer in the country with 29.2 points per game, Siegrist offers a dynamic presence on offense — and a career shooting percentage of 34.9% from beyond the arc.

4. Dallas Wings (via trade): Stephanie Soares, F/C, Iowa State

The Washington Mystics traded the draft rights for Soares to the Wings in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick and a 2025 first-round pick.

While she only played 13 games at the NCAA level before tearing her ACL, the two-time NAIA Player of the Year brings a complete game, averaging a near-double-double in her short career with the Cyclones. And while her injury will keep her out for the 2023 season, the Wings are willing to wait for her.

5. Dallas Wings: Lou Lopez Sénéchal, G/F, UConn

In her one season with the Huskies after transferring from Fairfield, she averaged 15.5 points per game and shooting 44% from 3-point range.

“I’m ready for this next dream,” Lopez Sénéchal said ahead of the draft. “I always say there’s never a perfect path, a perfect way. There’s your way.”

6. Atlanta Dream: Haley Jones, G, Stanford

Former Stanford basketball player Jordan Hamilton declared Jones a “unicorn” for her positionless skill set. She averaged a career-best four assists this season for the Cardinal, and she is a talented defender as well.

7. Indiana Fever: Grace Berger, G, Indiana

The 6-0 guard became the first-ever Hoosiers player selected in the first round, and she heads back to Indiana to pursue her WNBA dreams. She averaged 5.8 assists per game and shot 40.7 percent from 3-point range this season.

8. Atlanta Dream: Laeticia Amihere, F, South Carolina

A 6-4 forward with a 6-10 wingspan, Amihere underlines the theme of the draft: versatility. She only started four games in her entire college career, and she averaged 7.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season as part of a deep Gamecocks roster, but her selfless play and defensive prowess proved enticing for the Dream.

9. Seattle Storm: Jordan Horston, G, Tennessee

As a senior, Horston contributed 15.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for the Lady Vols. For her career, she averaged 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

10. Los Angeles Sparks: Zia Cooke, G, South Carolina

The 5-9 guard shot a career-best 40.5% from the field as a senior, averaging 15.4 points per game. She brings a steady hand at point guard to the Sparks.

11. Dallas Wings: Abby Meyers, G, Maryland

After transferring from Princeton, the 6-0 guard averaged 12.5 points and 4.3 rebounds for Maryland in her one season in College Park. She also hit 38.8% of her 3-pointers. Still, her selection in the first round is a bit of a surprise.

12. Minnesota Lynx: Maia Hirsch, F, France

While the 19-year-old is not expected to play in the WNBA this season, she represents an investment in Minnesota’s future.

Second round

13. Indiana Fever: Taylor Mikesell, G, Ohio State
14. Los Angeles Sparks: Shaneice Swain, G, Australia
15. Atlanta Dream: Leigha Brown, G, Michigan
16. Minnesota Lynx: Dorka Juhász, F, UConn
17. Indiana Fever: LaDazhia Williams, F, LSU
18. Seattle Storm: Madi Williams, F, Oklahoma
19. Dallas Wings: Ashley Joens, F, Iowa State
20. Washington Mystics: Elena Tsineke, G, South Florida
21. Seattle Storm: Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu, F, South Florida
22. Connecticut Sun: Alexis Morris, G, LSU
23. Chicago Sky: Kayana Traylor, G, Virginia Tech
24. Minnesota Lynx: Brea Beal, G, South Carolina

Third round

25. Indiana Fever: Victaria Saxton, F, South Carolina
26. Los Angeles Sparks: Monika Czinano, F, Iowa
27. Phoenix Mercury: Destiny Harden, F, Miami
28. Minnesota Lynx: Taylor Soule, F, Virginia Tech
29. Phoenix Mercury: Kadi Sissoko, F, USC
30. New York Liberty: Okako Adika, G, USC
31. Dallas Wings: Paige Robinson, G, Illinois State
32. Washington Mystics: Txell Alarcon, G, Spain
33. Seattle Storm: Jade Loville, G, Arizona
34. Connecticut Sun: Ashten Prechtel, F, Stanford
35. Chicago Sky: Kseniya Malashka, F, Middle Tennessee State
36. Las Vegas Aces: Brittany Davis, G, Alabama

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Kansas City, Orlando Raise the NWSL Bar With Weekend Wins

NWSL Orlando Pride forward Barbra Banda in action during a NWSL match against Seattle Reign
Banda registered a brace on Sunday, bringing her NWSL total to 10 goals in just 10 games. (Nicholas Faulkner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Pride star Barbra Banda continued on her historic NWSL trajectory this weekend, scoring twice in Orlando’s 6-0 win over Utah on Friday. 

She’s the first NWSL player to register 10 goals in their first 10 league appearances. It was also her fourth brace this season, and marked her first goals in two games after her first multi-game scoring drought.

"For me when I have an opportunity and a chance, I have to take it wisely," Banda said in her postgame remarks. "When I get a chance, I have to put the ball in the back of the net. If any game I didn’t score, I just have to go to my drawing board and work hard so that in the next game so I can find a goal."

Meanwhile, Kansas City also kept up their winning ways, beating Portland 4-1 behind a brace from midfielder Lo'eau Labonta on Sunday.

Later that day, the Washington Spirit, who sit just a point behind KC in third place, topped fourth-place Gotham FC in a decisive 2-0 victory.

And after drawing with Seattle, eighth-place Louisville has 16 points on the season — representing a growing gap between the league’s top and bottom teams. Bringing up the bottom of the ladder, both Seattle and Utah have yet to surpass 10 points this year.

Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson Punches Ticket at US Olympic Track & Field Trials

Sha'Carri Richardson poses with her gold medal after winning the women's 100 meter final at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials
Sha'Carri Richardson punched her ticket to Paris on Saturday by winning the 100-meter dash at the US Track & Field Trails. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Sha’Carri Richardson has punched her ticket to the Paris Olympics after finishing first in 100-meter final at the US Olympic Track & Field Trials over the weekend. 

Her time — 10.71 — sets a record as the fastest time in the world this year. After finishing, she dropped to one knee and bent her head to savor the moment.

"Definitely still confidence, still my exciting normal self, but more so overwhelmed with just emotions of joy," Richardson said of her post-race celebration. "I know that the hard work I've put into, not just physically on the track but as well as mentally and emotionally to grow into the mature young lady that I am today and that I'm going to grow into was a full-fledged surreal moment for me to actually embrace and be able to show to the world and on the track."

It was a statement-making turn in a comeback story that saw Richardson disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics due to testing positive for THC after that year's Olympic Trials.

"Everything I've been through is everything I have been through to be in this moment right now," Richardson said. "There's nothing I've been through that hasn't designed me to sit right here in front of you to answer this question."

Now, Richardson is expected to bring home some hardware from Paris, having grown into one of the greatest sprinters in the world. She won the 100-meter and 4x100-meter relay events at the World Championships last summer. And before this year's Olympic Trials conclude, she’ll look to also qualify for the 200-meter event. 

"In the past three years, I've grown a better understanding of myself, a deeper respect and appreciation for my gift that I have in the sport, as well as my responsibility to the people that believe in and support me," Richardson said. "I feel like all of those components have helped me grow and will continue to help me grow into the young lady that I have been divined and by God been blessed to be."

Rookie Angel Reese Shines in Sky’s Tight Win Over Fever

WNBA star Angel Reese of the Chicago Sky shoots a free throw during the game against the Indiana Fever
Angel Reese posted a career-high 25 points and 16 rebounds in the Sky's comeback win over Indiana. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The New York Liberty are now the top team in the WNBA, leading the league with a franchise-best 15-3 start to the season. 

Breanna Stewart leads the team in points (19.9), while Jonquel Jones leads in rebounds (8.7), and Sabrina Ionescu in assists (6.4). On Sunday, Ionescu had her fifth career game with 25+ points and 10+ assists.

Meanwhile, Connecticut stumbled over the weekend, suffering back-to-back losses for the first time this season. They’re now tied for second in the league with a 13-3 record. 

Las Vegas's win over Connecticut began a two-win run for the reigning league champs, who look to regain their rhythm with the return of starting point guard Chelsea Gray. The team also became the first team in WNBA history to sell out all of its regular season home games. 

"I do think that the growth is just the beginning," Aces chief operating and chief financial officer Matt Delsen when asked about the surging ticket sales. "And I think that, you know, the viewership can and is going to continue to grow because these athletes are the best in the world at what they do."

On Sunday, the Chicago Sky got the tight 88-87 win over Indiana while Angel Reese posted a career-high 25 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Caitlin Clark was also impressive despite the loss, scoring 17 points and a franchise-record 13 assists, as well as six rebounds and four steals. 

"This is what I do: I come out and perform," Reese said after the game. "I do what it takes to win every single day."

A number of celebrities were spotted enjoying the matchup inside Wintrust Arena, including Chance the Rapper, Jason Sudeikis, Sheryl Swoopes, and Knicks star Jalen Brunson. 

"It's good for the game, good for women's basketball, but also good for women's sports," Reese said of the buzzy crowd. "You see NBA players, rappers, legends that played in the league for a great long time come out and show support. You know everybody's watching right now.

"I think this is one of the most important times right now, and we just continue to keep putting on. I think both teams tonight did an amazing job putting on a show. It was fun. I had a great time, I'm sure the other team had a great time. I'm just happy we won tonight."

Amy Yang Wins First Major Title at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

2024 KPMG Women's PGA Championship winner Amy Yang poses with the trophy
Amy Yang won the 2024 KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Sunday, marking her first LPGA major win. (Darren Carroll/PGA of America via Getty Images)

Amy Yang won her first LPGA tour event on Sunday, taking home the title at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

At 34 years old, Yang is the oldest major winner in the LPGA since 2018 when Angela Stanford won the Evian Championship at age 40.

"At one point I thought, 'Will I ever win a major championship before I retire?'" Yang said after securing the victory. "And I finally did it and it's just amazing. Golf is really just like a fight against myself. I think I proved myself that I can compete and I can do this."

The South Korea national ended the tournament with an even-par 72 to finish at seven-under 281. At one point, she was at 10 under and held a seven-shot lead that no challenger was able to overcome. 

It was also Yang’s 75th major start, the most before a player’s first major win since Stanford won hers in her 76th major start.

"It's been incredible all this week — everyone was rooting for me," Yang said. "I want to go sign some autographs for them."

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