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BREAKING: Iowa’s KEY Player chosen in the second round by the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA Draft.

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In a landmark moment for Iowa athletics, Kate Martin, widely regarded as one of the program’s finest leaders, has secured her spot in the WNBA. On Monday evening, Martin’s talents were recognized as she was chosen as the 18th overall pick by the Las Vegas Aces in the draft’s second round. Throughout her tenure, Martin has consistently earned praise as “the best leader” from numerous teammates and coaches.

Known affectionately as “The Glue,” Martin’s versatility and selflessness on the court have made her indispensable, embodying the qualities of a championship-caliber player. Her teammate and close friend, Caitlin Clark, lauds Martin’s unwavering support and mutual growth, highlighting their shared determination and occasional clashes that ultimately strengthen their bond.

Martin’s remarkable achievements at Iowa include becoming the first player in Hawkeyes history to surpass 900 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 120 steals, and 60 blocks in her career. This past season showcased her offensive prowess, with impressive scoring efficiency and a notable improvement in shot selection, along with her trademark defensive versatility.

Clark recognizes Martin’s evolution as a player and envisions a successful future for her in professional basketball, citing her potential as both a valuable player and a future coach.

Martin’s selection marks a historic moment for Iowa, with her joining the ranks of Hawkeye players drafted into the WNBA, a milestone not seen since the late 1990s.


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