Kansas State Fans Have Reason to Watch WNBA

Kansas State basketball fans have another reason to watch the WNBA. For the first time in 4 years, a team selected a Wildcat in the player draft.

Jeff Mittie’s Wildcats were fortunate they had forward Breanna Lewis on the court this season.

The 6 foot 5inch, two-time All Big 12 first team center helped the team to some incredible success. The ‘Cats collected 23 wins, a fourth-place finish in the conference and earned another trip to the NCAA tournament.

Oct 11, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A WNBA basketball sits on the floor in a game between the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks in game two of the WNBA Finals. at Target Center. The Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 79-60. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

As a matter of fact, I don’t watch the WNBA games on ESPN.

I don’t watch much of the NBA either. I prefer the college game. On the other hand, when I know a former Wildcat or Big 12 player is in action, I’ll tune in.

Kansas State fans have a reason to watch the WNBA now.

It was a pleasure to see the Dallas Wings select Lewis in the second round of Thursday night’s draft.

Considering the players Dallas picked, Breanna is joining a unique group of players.

Among her teammates, two from national champion South Carolina including Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis.

The Wings took that duo in the first round. They selected Breanna with the 23rd pick ahead of UConn guard Saniya Chong. Yes, that University of Connecticut.

While Lewis can score inside, she is just as valuable for her defense and especially her ability to hit the glass. She

She grabbed almost 300 rebounds two straight seasons for the Wildcats.

Also, she is the only Wildcat ever named to the Big 12 All Defensive team. And why not. She had over 40 percent of the team’s blocked shots last season.

Breanna won’t have much more time in Manhattan. Her new team is set to open training camp April 23. They have their first pre-season contest six days later.

The WNBA regular season opens on May 14.