Blake Dietrick Named to Seattle Storm's Opening Night Roster
PRINCETON, N.J. – Blake Dietrick ’15, formerly of the Princeton women’s basketball team, was named to the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Seattle Storm’s opening night roster.
Dietrick is the first Princeton women’s basketball player ever to make a WNBA opening night roster and the second Ivy League player. Harvard’s Allison Feaster played for the Los Angeles Sparks (1998-2000), Charlotte Sting (2001-06) and the Indiana Fever (2008).
"I'm so enormously proud of Blake," said head coach Courtney Banghart. "She's worked so hard for this opportunity. She has earned her way into playing at the highest level. Blake's a special competitor with a relentless motor and unbelievable drive to win. She will make the Seattle Storm a better team and I'll be there often to support her."
During her senior campaign, Dietrick helped the team to one of the greatest seasons in Ivy League history. The Tigers had an unblemished 30-0 regular season, won its fifth Ivy League title in six years, and won the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament game. The guard averaged career-highs in points (15.1), assists (4.9), and rebounds (4.5) per game en route to Associated Press and WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors. A seven-time Ivy Player of the Week, she was the conference’s unanimous choice for Player of the Year. Setting a single-season program record for assists (157), her 483 points in 2014-15 are tied for the third highest total in school history.
A two-time first-team All-Ivy selection, Dietrick is ranked fourth on the Princeton charts in three-pointers made (210) and three-point shooting percentage (.395). Sitting fourth in assists (346) and 12th in scoring (1,233), she poured in a team-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting in her final collegiate contest, a NCAA second-round loss to eventual Final Four participant Maryland.
The Seattle Storm will begin the 2016 season on Sunday against the Los Angeles Sparks and then follow that up with its home opener on May 22nd vs. the defending WNBA champion, Minnesota Lynx.