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Betnijah Laney
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Betnijah Laney's Bio

About Betnijah Laney

  • Drafted in the second round of the 2015 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky
  • Averaged 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game
  • Ranked 15th amongst all WNBA rookies with 2.1 rebounds per game in 2015

WNBA Career

2015

Was drafted 17th overall in the second round of the 2015 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky…started in 2 of the 32 games played…averaged 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game…brought down a season high eight rebounds versus Connecticut on 6/11…recorded a season high 12 points versus Indiana on 8/4.

WNBA Playoffs

Made one appearance for the Sky during the Conference semi-finals against the Indiana Fever on 9/19.

International

2015

Starred with the Perth Lynx during the 2015-16 Women’s National Basketball League season … ranked 11th in league in scoring with 15.19 points per game … grabbed 7.78 boards per game good for 8th best in the league … dished out 3.78 assists per game (7th in the WNBL) … named the WNBL player of the month in January after averaging 18.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game … led Lynx to the WNBL Finals where she put in 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in a losing effort.

College

Excelled at Rutgers during a four-year career…started in 107 of 129 games…averaged 10.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game…named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press…named to First Team All-Big Ten and All-Met…earned seven weekly awards from the Big Ten including Big Player of the Week (three times) and Honor Roll distinction (four occasions) … averaged 15.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game … ranked 10th nationally in double-doubles with 20 … totaled double figure scoring in all but two games in senior season.

Personal

Born October 29, 1993 in Clayton, Delaware, daughter of Yolanda Laney…Yolanda was an All-American guard at Cheney State leading the Wolves to a pair of Final Fours, including a national; championship appearance in 1982…has a brother Shakaris…starred at Smyna High School…named 2011 McDonalds All-American…earned Parade All-American honors…named a 2011 WBCA All-American…was the consensus Player of the Year in the state of Delaware as a senior…also a three-time first team all-state selection…was a two-time Gatorade Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year for Delaware…won two FIBA gold medals with the U16 and U17 national teams…was among 35 of the nation’s top 19-and-under athletes to receive and accept an invitation to attend the 2011 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team Trials.

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