Bolte Taken By Atlanta Dream In WNBA Draft
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State senior guard Kelsey Bolte was drafted by the Atlanta Dream with the 32nd overall pick in the third round of the WNBA Draft Monday afternoon. Bolte is the 10th Cyclone to be drafted.
"It has been a lifelong dream of mine to play in the WNBA," Bolte said. "I'm happy and grateful to have the opportunity presented to me by Atlanta. There are so many people that have helped me along the way, including coach Fennelly and his staff and all my teammates through the years. They have all pushed me to be my best and this is proof that if you work hard good things will happen."
For head coach Bill Fennelly it was the 10th time he has seen one of his Iowa State players drafted, an event that never gets old.
"Kelsey has worked so hard to get to this point and to see that hard work rewarded is special for her, her family and our program," Fennelly said. "She is a great role model for our current players and those in the future as to what can happen if you put in the work to reach your potential."
Bolte recently wrapped up a stellar career with her best season, earning Associated Press and Women's Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American honors. The unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection averaged a career-best 16.9 points per game, becoming the first Cyclone since 2003 to score more than 500 points in a season.
She also proved herself to be one of the most consistent long-range threats in college basketball during her career, knocking down 276 career 3-pointers at a 40.1 percent clip. As a senior she was 15th nationally shooting 42.1 percent from behind the arc.
Bolte ranks sixth all time at Iowa State in career scoring with 1,639 points, while also ranking eighth with 665 rebounds.
The Ida Grove, Iowa native also set the standards for free throw shooting, breaking the school record for career (87.9) and single-season (88.8) efficiency.
Bolte recorded 78 career double-figure scoring efforts, including 23 games with 20 or more points.
Bolte was one of five Big 12 players selected in the draft.
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