WBB: Center Kayla Alexander Selected 8th in the WNBA Draft

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Syracuse's Kayla Alexander was taken by the San Antonio Silver Stars in the WNBA Draft on Monday night. Alexander became the first player in Syracuse history to be taken in the first round.

Syracuse's Canadian center is headed south.

With the 8th overall pick, the San Antonio Silver Stars selected Kayla Alexander, the all-time leading scorer in SU history. Kayla Alexander became only the second Syracuse player ever selected in the WNBA Draft. Beth Record was the first when in 2001, the Los Angeles Sparks drafted her in the fourth round at 64th.

"I give God all the glory right now. I am extremely thankful and blessed for this opportunity," Alexander said via @SyracuseWBB. "When you work hard, dreams can and do come true. I am so thankful right now and beyond excited."

The last Syracuse player to be on a WNBA roster was Iasia Hemingway, who was part of the New York Liberty training camp in 2012. SU alum Juanita Ward signed with the Tulsa Shock after going undrafted, but was released back in 2010.

Alexander broke Nicole Michael's scoring record midway through this season and finished her career with 2,024 points. She also holds the school record for blocks (350), field goals (736), free throws made (552), and games played (140). She averaged 17.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. The senior from Ontario also blocked 2.9 shots per game, which led the conference.

During her time at SU, Alexander volunteered as a student teacher at a nearby high school and for Syracuse University admissions giving tours. "Kayla is a wonderful tour guide and panelist for our information programs," Director of Admissions Peter Hagan said. "She is great with families and in the office...(we) have enjoyed our time with Kayla very much." Alexander wants to become a teacher after her playing days are over, but that may have to wait a little while.

With her length and athleticism, Alexander prevented opponents from scoring near the basket all season and the Orange became an improved defensive team. At 6-foot-4, Alexander will be the tallest player on San Antonio's roster.

Alexander's four years at Syracuse were the winningest in program history. The Orange made four consecutive postseason appearances and in March SU reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. This season, she made the All-BIG EAST First Team and AP All-American Honorable Mention Team. Felisha Legette (1986-87, 1987-88) and Nicole Michael (2009-10) were the only two previous Orange All-Americans.

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