Which Rookies Made The Cut?

WHN | May 13, 2024

CHICAGO – Tomorrow the WNBA will tip-off for their 2024 season and many are wondering which rookies made the final…

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CHICAGO – Tomorrow the WNBA will tip-off for their 2024 season and many are wondering which rookies made the final roster cuts to play in this upcoming season. Tomorrow, several new rookies will take the court, highlighting one of the most exciting rookie classes in WNBA history.

The 28th WNBA regular season is set to kick off Tuesday, May 14th. Games will be shown on ESPN2, ESPN+ and Disney+. We breakdown the rookies that you’ll see on the court tomorrow.

Liberty v. Mystics (7 p.m. ET)

New York Liberty

Marquesha Davis, a guard from Springdale, Arkansas, played three seasons at the University of Arkansas before transferring to the University of Mississippi for her senior and graduate years. In her first year at Arkansas, Davis averaged 2.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and tallied 5 assists. By her fifth year at Ole Miss, Davis averaged 14  points, 4.7 rebounds and recorded 40 assists. In that same year, she was named to First Team All-SEC. 

Notable Cuts: Earlier today, The New York Liberty waived Jaylyn Sherrod and Emery Martinez.

Washington Mystics

Forward Aaliyah Edwards joins the Mystics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from Kingston, Ontario, Edwards played at UConn for four years before declaring for this years’ draft. In her freshman year at UConn, Edwards averaged 10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and recorded 29 blocks and 28 steals. By her senior year, she averaged 18.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 35 blocks, and 55 steals. During this year’s Final Four, Edwards tallied 17 points and 9 rebounds in UConn’s loss to Iowa. 

Notable Cuts: Earlier this week, The Washington Mystics waived Kaylynne Truong and Honesty Scott-Grayson.

Fever v. Sun (8 p.m. ET)

Indiana Fever

While the only rookies in the matchup between the Indiana Fever and the Connecticut Sun will be on the Fever’s side, number one overall pick Caitlin Clark will make her regular season debut to a sold out crowd of 8,910 people. 

The Iowa native started in every game of her collegiate career and became known across the country as she earned awards and broke records throughout her career. Clark was the first back-to-back winner of The Dawn Staley Award which she won her first three seasons of play and cemented her name in history books when she broke Pete Maravich’s all-time NCAA scoring record, raising the record to 3,951. In her freshman year, she averaged 26.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and recorded 214 assists. In Clark’s senior year, she averaged 31.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and recorded 346 assists. 

Celeste Taylor, a guard from New York City, New York, will join the Fever from Ohio State. In her last collegiate season, Taylor started in all 32 games, averaged 10.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and recorded 80 steals. Prior to her arrival in Columbus, Taylor attended the University of Texas before transferring to Duke University. In her sophomore season at Texas, Taylor averaged 12.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and recorded 60 steals. 

Lynx v. Storm (10 p.m. ET)

Seattle Storm

Nika MĂĽhl, a guard from Zagreb, Croatia, will join the Seattle Storm this season from UConn. Prior to attending UConn for college, MĂĽhl played for Croatia at the 2018 FIBA U18 European Championship where she averaged 10.9 points, 5.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game. In her senior season at Uconn, MĂĽhl averaged 6.9 points, 6.8 assists, and 4.0 rebounds. Following UConn’s game against Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA tournament, MĂĽhl became UConn’s all-time assist leader. 

Minnesota Lynx

For the Lynx, forward Alissa Pili from Anchorage, Alaska from the University of Utah. Pili began her collegiate career at the University of Southern california before transferring to Utah. In her freshman year, Pili averaged 16.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, and recorded 27 blocks and 31 steals. In her last year with the Utah Utes, Pili averaged 21.4 points, 6.6 rebounds while recording 28 blocks and 32 steals. 

Mercury v. Aces (10 p.m. ET)

Las Vegas Aces

Kate Martin, a guard from Edwardsville, Illinois will join the reigning champions Las Vegas Aces this season from the University of Iowa. Martin played all five years of her collegiate career at Iowa where she started in every game after her freshman year and averaged 13.1 points, 6.8 rebounds while recording 20 blocks and 34 steals by her graduate year. 

Dyaisha Fair, a guard from Rochester, New York will also join the Aces this season. Fair played three seasons at the University at Buffalo before transferring to Syracuse University for her final two seasons. In her sophomore year at UAB, Fair averaged 24.1 points, 5.1 assists and 6.0 rebounds. In her graduate season at Syracuse, she averaged 22.3 points, 3.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds. 

Amara Bullard is a Marketing + Media student at Loyola University in Chicago aspiring to work in basketball operations. 

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