Iowa State's Poppens, Prins Selected In WNBA Draft

By Michael Bonner, Reporter

Iowa State's Chelsea Poppens (33) keeps the ball from UNI's Jen Keitel (42) and Brooke Brown (22) in the second half of their game at the McLeod Center on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Cedar Falls. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)


By Grant Burkhardt

AMES, Iowa - Chelsea Poppens and Anna Prins officially closed the book on their Iowa State women's basketball careers Monday. The Seattle Storm selected Poppens 18th overall in the second round of the WNBA draft and Connecticut picked Prins at No. 23.

The duo is the 11th and 12th Cyclones to ever get drafted in the WNBA.

The Storm finished fourth in the Western Conference last year with a 16-18 record and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Poppens averaged 13.4 points per game and hauled in 9.7 boards per game. She leaves Ames with the second most rebounds in program history (1,091) and the third most double-doubles (32).

The Sun boasted a 25-9 record -- tops in the East -- but lost in the conference finals to Indiana. Prins will bring size to Connecticut. The 6-7 center averaged a career best 12.3 points per game last year.

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