- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Washington Mystics drafted North Carolina State guard Kiara Leslie 10th overall in the WNBA Draft on Wednesday.

The 6-foot tall Leslie averaged 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in her final season with the Wolfpack, leading the team in both categories. N.C. State reached the Sweet 16 in Leslie’s senior campaign.

She started her career at Maryland, but after her first two seasons, she suffered an injury that forced her to miss a full year. She moved to N.C. State as a graduate transfer for her final two years of NCAA eligibility.

Leslie is not related to all-time basketball great Lisa Leslie.

The Mystics later drafted Louisville forward Sam Fuehring in the third round. They did not have a second-round pick; it was traded last season to Dallas when they acquired Aerial Powers.

The Las Vegas Aces took Notre Dame guard Jackie Young No. 1 overall. Louisville guard Asia Durr was drafted second by the New York Liberty. The Indiana Fever drafted Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan with the third pick, and the Chicago Sky selected Connecticut guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson at No. 4.

The Mystics are coming off their most successful season in franchise history, reaching the WNBA Finals for the first time. They stand to improve not just by adding Leslie, but by welcoming back Emma Meesseman, their center who took the 2018 season off to train in her home country of Belgium.

• Adam Zielonka can be reached at azielonka@washingtontimes.com.

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