April 12, 2018

Mitchell and Mavunga Drafted by the WNBA’s Indiana Fever

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WBK: Mitchell and Mavunga Drafted by the WNBA’s Indiana Fever
Mitchell went second overall, Mavunga was the second pick in the second round

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hearing your name called on draft day is something many athletes dream about. For a pair of Buckeyes, that dream came true on Thursday night as Kelsey Mitchell and Stephanie Mavunga were both selected in the 2018 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever at the Nike New York Headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.

Mitchell was the No. 2 overall selection while Mavunga was the second pick in the second round, 14th overall. This is the first year that multiple Buckeyes have been selected in the draft. Overall, Ohio State has now had 15 players drafted and at least one each of the last three seasons.

For both players, Indianapolis is close to home. Mitchell is from Cincinnati, Ohio while Mavunga is from Brownsburg, Ind., which is merely 20 minutes north of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mavunga also has another personal connection with the Fever as her sister-in-Jeanette Pohlen-Mavunga is also on the roster. She is married to Stephanie’s older brother Julian.

Mitchell was Ohio State’s first four-time All-American. She finished her career second in NCAA history with 3,402 career points and made more three-pointer field goals (497) than any female in NCAA history. The three-time Big Ten Player of the Year holds 30 NCAA, Big Ten and OSU records and was the winner of the Dawn Staley Award this season as the country’s top guard.

Mavunga was a first team All-Big Ten honoree this year after averaging 16.6 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. She is just the third Buckeye to average a double-double for an entire season and she has done it each of the last two years. The Brownsburg, Ind., native shot over 63 percent from the floor this year and grabbed an OSU single-season record 385 rebounds. Since 2000, Mavunga is one of just seven players to notch more than 1,700 points, 1,200 rebounds and 300 blocks in her career.

Mitchell and Mavunga led the Buckeyes to back-to-back Big Ten regular season crowns and the 2018 Big Ten Tournament title. Ohio State was 28-7 this season and made its fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, hosting first and second round games for the second time in the last three seasons.