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Betnijah Laney's Bio

About Betnijah Laney

Position: Forward-Guard

WNBA Years: 3

Height: 6-0

Weight: 169

Born: October 29, 1993 in Clayton, Del.

High School: Smyrna (Smyrna, Del.)

College: Rutgers ‘15

Drafted: By Chicago, second round, 2015 WNBA Draft (17th overall)

Acquired: Signed as a free agent, 2/5/19

 

  • Played parts of three WNBA seasons with Chicago and Connecticut
  • 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
  • Teammate at Rutgers with Fever guard Erica Wheeler

Laney is a 6-0 small forward who signed with Indiana as a free agent in February, and who originally came to the WNBA as a draft pick by Pokey Chatman in 2015…she has a defensive mindset and uses her length to help rebound and block shots…after a strong rookie campaign, she managed only eight games in 2016 before sustaining a torn left ACL…she was waived by the Sky in 2017 and played in Connecticut in 2018.

 

PRO – WNBA

2018: 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: She was waived by the Sky.

2016: 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: 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

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.

 

INTERNATIONAL

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.

 

COLLEGE

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.

 

PERSONAL

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.

 

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

(1) Drafted by Chicago in the second round (17th overall) of the 2015 WNBA Draft, 4/16/15. (2) Waived by Chicago, 2/5/17. (3) Signed free agent contract with Connecticut, 2/7/18. (4) Signed free agent contract with Indiana, 2/5/19.

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