Former Hawkeye Kachine Alexander Drafted by WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx

Kachine Alexander is taking her game back to her home state of Minnesota.

Photo from ESPN.com

The former Hawkeye All-American was selected by the Minnesota Lynx with the 26th overall pick in Monday’s WNBA Draft. The Lynx finished 13-21 last season and failed to make the playoffs.

Alexander is the ninth Iowa player to be drafted by a WNBA squad and the first Hawkeye taken since Crystal Smith was picked by the Phoenix Mercury in 2006.

“I have been looking forward to this day since I picked up a basketball,” Alexander tweeted Sunday night.

A two-time first team All-Big Ten selection, Alexander had one of the most illustrious careers in Hawkeye women’s basketball history. She scored 1,239 career points for the Black and Gold from 2008-2011 and was the first Big Ten women’s player to ever record two triple-doubles in the same season.

Despite being only 5-9, she grabbed 910 rebounds over her four-year career — second-most in Iowa Hawkeye history. She led Division-I guards in rebounding this season, averaging 9.5 boards per game.

Alexander is now one of two former Hawkeyes currently on a WNBA roster. Tangela Smith — a former Big Ten Player of the Year — plays center for the Indiana Fever.

The 2011 WNBA season begins on June 3.

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