ISU’s Poppens, Prins picked

AMES – For the third time in school history, Iowa State had two players selected in the WNBA Draft as Chelsea Poppens and Anna Prins were both selected in the second round Monday night.

Poppens was selected by the Seattle Storm in the second round with the 18th overall pick and Anna Prins went to the Connecticut Sun with the 23rd pick. Poppens and Prins are the 11th and 12th Cyclone women’s basketball players selected in the WNBA draft.

Poppens and Prins recently wrapped up standout careers with both scoring over 1,000 career points at Iowa State. Now they will head to training camp at the beginning of May.

“It is a great honor to be selected in the WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm,” Poppens said. “They are a great franchise with a championship history and I’m excited to get started.”

“I’m very excited,” Prins added. “I wasn’t expecting to go that early so it kind of surprised me. I’m very excited for Pop as well. I’ve grown up watching the WNBA so it is a dream to have this opportunity.”

Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly was happy for the two players, who are roommates and good friends.

“It is fantastic to have two kids drafted,” Fennelly said. “It is a testament to those kids. They worked very hard to get to this point. Anytime you can hear Iowa State called it is a good thing. They are close friends so for them to go with picks 18 and 23, it is pretty special. I’m very happy for them.”

Poppens, an Aplington native, was a two-time Associated Press honorable mention All-American and a two-time All-Big 12 first-team selection. The forward became the second player in school history and the 14th player in Big 12 history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in her career.

She averaged 11.1 points and 8.7 rebounds in her 126-game career. Poppens shot 50 percent from the field and 71.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Prins, a center from Broomfield, Colo., had the best season of her career as a senior, averaging a career-best 12.3 points. Prins, who for the first time in her career didn’t miss a game, averaged 26.6 minutes and was in double figures in 20 games this season.

Prins averaged 19.6 points and shot 58.7 percent from the field in the Cyclones’ five postseason games, including an all-tournament team performance at the Big 12 Championship. She scored a career-high 32 points in the semifinals against Oklahoma.

In 117 career games, Prins averaged 10.1 points and hit 100 career 3-pointers.

In all, eight players from the Big 12 were drafted, including No. 1 overall pick Britney Griner from Baylor.