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Betnijah Laney's Bio

About Betnijah Laney

Position: Forward-Guard

Height: 6-0

Born: October 29, 1993 in Clayton, Del.

High School: Smyrna (Smyrna, Del.)

College: Rutgers ‘15

Transactions: Selected 17th overall (second round) by the Chicago Sky in the 2015 WNBA Draft … Waived by Chicago on February 5, 2017. Signed as a free agent with Connecticut on February 7, 2018. Signed as a free agent with Indiana on February 5, 2019. Waived by Indiana on June 17, 2020. Signed by the Atlanta Dream as a free agent on June 24, 2020.


Career Highlights:

  • 2020 WNBA Most Improved Player and First Team All-Defense with Atlanta after finishing her fourth season in the league averaging 17.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
  • WNBL Defensive Player of the Year in Australia during 2018-19 season.
  • Ranked 15th among WNBA rookies in 2015 with 2.1 rebounds per game.
  • Second-round draft selection by Chicago and head coach Pokey Chatman in 2015.


Pro – WNBA

2020 Highlights with Atlanta: 

  • 2020 WNBA Most Improved Player
  • 2020 WNBA All-Defensive First Team
  • Started in all 22 games.
  • Started and set career high records with 19 points, 6 made field goals and 14 attempted field goals against Dallas (7/24). Led the Dream with two steals.
  • Topped her career high record with 30 points against New York (7/31), going 11-18 from the field on a career night that included highs in free throws made and attempted, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds and steals.
  • Recorded her 5th double-figure game of the season and 4th straight with 20 points against Seattle (8/6), sinking a career-high 4 three pointers on 7 shots.
  • Put up a career-high 35 points against Washington (8/19), sinking 14 shots from the field and adding on 6 assists and 2 steals.
  • Dished out a career-best 11 assists against Los Angeles (8/21) and scored 15 points for her first double-double.
  • Scored in double figures in 19 games and saw seven outings with 20+ points.

2019 Highlights with Indiana:

  • Appeared in all 34 games with the Fever and started in 27, averaging 5.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game – all career-high records
  • Put up career-best numbers against Dallas on June 13, pulling down 11 rebounds (6 offensive) with three attempted three-pointers.

2018 Highlights with Connecticut:

  • Laney appeared in 29 games with the Sun, averaging 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds
  • Her 33-of-70 (.471) field goal shooting was the best of her career
  • She scored a season-high 11 points at Seattle, 7/1, and added a season-best six rebounds in the same game. Also in the same game, she scored the first 3-point field goal of her career.

2017: Waived by the Chicago Sky.

2016 Highlights with Chicago:

  • Laney played just eight games with the Sky in her second pro season, succumbing to a torn left ACL injury against Washington, 6/3
  • She scored eight points during 21 minutes of action in the season opener against Connecticut.

2015 Highlights with Chicago:

  • Laney’s rookie campaign with Chicago produced 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game
  • Her scoring high was 12 points in a home win over Indiana, 8/4
  • She played in 32 games with a pair of starts, collecting 19 total assists, 16 steals and six blocked shots
  • She pulled down a season-high eight rebounds against Connecticut, 6/11
  • She was drafted by the Sky with the 17th overall pick of the 2015 WNBA Draft.


Playoffs – WNBA

2015: Laney’s lone playoff appearance was a 2:23 scoreless stint in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Indiana, 9/19, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.


Pro – Overseas

2020-21: Currently plays for Elitzur Ramla in Israel.

2019-20: Played for Elitzur Maclaren Holon in Israel, where she averaged 19.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2.8 steals per game through 19 outings.

2018-19: Laney played for the Dandenong Rangers in the Australian League where she was named the league’s defensive player of the year.

2017-18: With the Bendigo Spirit in Australia, Laney averaged 14.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 19 outings…she shot 48.8 percent from the floor.

2015-16: In 27 games with the Perth Lynx in Australia, she averaged 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.



Laney played with USA Basketball’s U17 and U16 World Championships in 2010 and 2009, respectively…both teams earned goal medals, finishing a combined 13-0 over two seasons…she participated in the 2011 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team Trials…she also was invited to USA team trials for the World University Games in May 2013.



Laney excelled at Rutgers during a four-year career which saw her start in 107 of 129 games…she averaged 10.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game for her career…averaging 15.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game as a senior, she paced the Scarlet Knights to the second round of the NCAA Tournament…she ranked 10th nationally in double-doubles with 20, and totaled double-figure scoring in all but two games as a senior…she was an honorable mention AP All-American as a senior and was named first team All-Big Ten and All-Met…she was a three-time Big Ten Player of the Week.



First name is pronounced buh-NAW-juh…born October 29, 1993 in Clayton, Delaware, she is the daughter of Yolanda Laney…Yolanda was an All-America guard at Cheney State leading the Wolves to a pair of Final Fours, including a national championship appearance in 1982…Betnijah has a brother, Shakaris…she starred at Smyna High School where she earned McDonald’s, Parade and WBCA prep All-America honors in 2011…she was the consensus player of the year in the state of Delaware as a senior and a three-time first team all-state selection…she was a two-time Gatorade Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year for Delaware.


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