Draft Watch: DeNesha Stallworth and Natalie Achonwa

The Chicago Sky enters the draft holding the No. 10 overall pick after a successful 2013 regular season where they posted a 24-10 record to lead the Eastern Conference. This year’s Draft delivers an abundance of talent, and with the NCAA Women’s Basketball season coming to a close, we can take a better look at 2014 Draft hopefuls.

This weeks notable players are DeNesha Stallworth and Natalie Achonwa.

DeNesha Stallworth (Kentucky)

Kentucky forward DeNesha Stallworth has been a standout player for the Wildcats all season. Last Friday, Stallworth’s 13-point effort helped Kentucky knock off Florida in the SEC quarterfinals. She also contributed 12 points in a victory against South Carolina in the semifinals. The Wildcats fell short on Sunday in a hard-fought 71-70 battle against Tennessee. Stallworth led the Wildcats with 21 points and 5 rebounds and was named to the SEC’s All-Tournament Team.

This season, Stallworth has played in 27 of Kentucky’s 32 games, sitting out five games due to knee surgery. Though faced with adversity, she recorded the second highest points per game (12.3) on her team. Stallworth also averaged 6.9 rebounds per game, 1.4 steals and 1.0 assist. Stallworth and her Wildcats will head into the NCAA tournament focused, and with the goal of going to the Final Four in Nashville.

Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame)

Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa’s competitive attitude has made the Fighting Irish one of the best teams in the nation once again. Achonwa and her team finished their season with a perfect 32-0 record by defeating North Carolina State on March 2nd, 2014.

The Fighting Irish clinched the ACC title on Sunday after knocking off Duke 69-53. During the tournament, Achonwa rose to 13th place on Notre Dame’s career scoring list with 1,464 points and was selected for the ACC All-Tournament Second Team.

Over the course of the season, Achonwa has averaged 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. She started, and played in, 29 of Notre Dame’s 32 games, missing three games due to knee injury. Achonwa and the Fighting Irish look to continue their undefeated season as they head into the NCAA tournament.

Check back next week as we continue to feature some of the talented 2014 WNBA Draft contenders.

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