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Alex Bentley's Bio

About Alex Bentley

Position: Guard

Height: 5-7

Weight: 152

Date of Birth: October 27, 1990

College: Penn State

High School: Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.)

Drafted: Selected by the Atlanta Dream in the first round (13th overall) of the 2013 WNBA Draft

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Has appeared in 158 games including 108 starts over five seasons
  • Career totals include 1,761 points, 444 assists, 263 rebounds and 183 steals
  • Smooth-shooting guard with consistent deep range
  • Good defender with quick hands
  • Smart passer who takes care of the ball
  • Scored 1,500th career point at Washington (9/18/16)
  • Collected 400th career assist against San Antonio (7/16/17)
  • Named an Eastern Con­ference All Star in 2015

2017 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Signed a multi-year contract extension with the Sun on February 7, 2017
  • Appeared in 31 games with nine starts
  • Made 100th career start against Atlanta (5/13)
  • Made her 150th career three-pointer at Washington (5/31)
  • Scored in double figures 10 times
  • Had a season-high 16 points against Phoenix (8/4)
  • Had a season-high seven assists (twice)
  • Made a season-high three three-pointers against Indiana (7/30)
  • Averaged 8.7 points per game off the bench over her last 10 games
  • Missed three Sun games from June 10-17 competing for Belarus at the FIBA EuroBasket Women’s Tournament

2016 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Appeared in 34 games with career-best 34 starts
  • Led the Sun in scoring (12.9 ppg.)
  • Was second in assists (85)
  • Was Sun high scorer in 12 games
  • Led Sun in assists seven times
  • Established new single-season career-high with 48 three-pointers on the season
  • Also set personal bests for total points (437), rebounds (63), free throws (51), made field goals (169) and minutes (979)
  • Tied franchise record for consecutive 20-point games with three straight – 20 at Phoenix (6/29), 24 at Dallas (7/2) and 24 against Minnesota (7/7)
  • Tied career-highs with 31 points and 12 made field goals against Washington (6/14)
  • Had career-best 22 double-figure scoring games
  • Had seven games with 20 or more points
  • Averaged 19.7 points over nine game stretch from 6/12-7/7

2015 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Appeared in 25 games with 25 starts
  • Candidate for WNBA Most Improved Player until suffering a season-ending ankle injury at Tulsa (8/21)
  • Established new single-season highs in scoring average (14.7 ppg), steals (49), three-pointers made (38) and free throws made (44) and attempted (53)
  • Set single-game career highs in six different categories, including points (31), made field goals (12) and three-point attempts (7) against Washington (8/7), steals (6) against Atlanta (6/14) and defensive rebounds (6) at Phoenix (6/19)
  • Scored in double figures 19 times, including 11 straight from 6/16-7/22
  • Had 12 multiple three-point games
  • Was named a WNBA Eastern Conference All Star for the first time in her career
  • Led the East with 23 points and five made threes on her home floor at Mohegan Sun Arena

2014 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Traded to the Washington Mystics on March 12, 2014 along with Atlanta’s third round pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft (32nd overall) in exchange for Matee Ajavon and Washington’s second round pick (18th overall)
  • Traded to the Connecticut Sun that same day in exchange for Kara Lawson
  • Appeared in 34 games with 30 starts
  • Candidate for WNBA Most Improved Player
  • Established new single-season highs in 15 statistical categories
  • Named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for her play in three games from June 12-15
  • Averaged 19.3 points on 22-of-36 (61.1 percent) from the field in that span
  • Became just the fourth player in franchise history to score at least 20 points in three straight games
  • Posted consecutive career-highs in points during that span – 21 vs Indiana (6/7), 22 vs Phoenix (6/12), 24 at New York (6/13)
  • Scored in double-figures 22 times
  • Reached 20 points on five occasions
  • Scored 12.2 points per game, third on the team and almost four points better than 2013 (8.3)
  • Led the Sun in assists (126)
  • Tied for 13th in the WNBA in assist average (3.7 apg.)
  • Had 1.85 assist-to-turnover ratio
  • Averaged 15.6 points over the last five games of the season, shooting 46.6 percent from the field

2013 HIGHLIGHTS WITH ATLANTA:

  • Appeared in 34 games with 10 starts
  • Named to WNBA All-Rookie Team
  • Set a new WNBA record by making 10 consecutive 3-pointers from 6/14-6/28
  • Tied franchise record for assists in a game with 11 against Los Angeles (9/2)
  • Third among all rookies in assists (2.8) and steals (1.0) and fourth in scoring (8.3)
  • Averaged 10.5 points and 4.7 assists in 10 starts
  • Had 12 assists before committing first turnover
  • Career-high 19 points with five assists at Chicago (8/31)
  • Had 11 points off the bench at New York (9/6)
  • Had 11 points off the bench at Chicago (9/13)
  • Totaled 17 points, career-best six boards and four assists at San Antonio (9/15)
  • Reached double figures in 12 games

OVERSEAS COMPETITION:

  • Spent the 2016-17 offseason in Turkey, averaging 17.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 22 games for Adana ASKI Mersin
  • Averaged 12 points per game in Turkey with Gelistirnler in 2015-16
  • Spent the 2014-15 offseason in France playing for Tarbes Gespe Bigorre, averaging17.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 30 games
  • In 2013-14, played in 13 games for Sport Club do Recife in Brazil, averaging 7.9 points and 2.5 rebounds

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Just the fourth player in Big Ten history to amass career totals of at least 1,500 points, 500 assists and 300 steals, joining a group that includes WNBA vets Katie Smith and Tamara Moore
  • Named honorable mention All-American by the WBCA and Associated Press as a senior after averaging 14.1 points, 3.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game, leading the Big Ten and ranking sixth nationally in steals
  • Named one of seven finalists for the Lieberman Award, given to the nation’s top Division I point guard
  • Won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation’s outstanding female collegian 5-8-and-under who excels athletically and academically
  • Led the league in steals as a junior en route to earning honorable mention All-American honors
  • Three-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection
  • Two-time member of the league’s All-Defensive team
  • Averaged more than 14 points per game in each of her final three seasons at Penn State, finishing her career with 1,786 points scored, which is eighth in program history
  • Finished her career ranked second in school history in steals (325) and tied for sixth in assists (567)

PERSONAL:

  • Full name is Alexandria Marie Bentley
  • Daughter of Jeff and Marie Wilson
  • Has one brother, Jeff Wilson II, and a sister, Alana Bentley
  • Broadcast journalism major with a minor in sociology at Penn State
  • In high school, led Ben Davis (Indianapolis) to a 30-0 record, a state championship, and a No. 1 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 poll
  • Was named a Third Team Parade Magazine High School All-American
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