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ND Women’s Basketball: Peters and Novosel selected in draft

| Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Minnesota Lynx drafted graduate student forward Devereaux Peters with the No. 3 overall pick in the WNBA draft Monday, and the Washington Mystics drafted senior guard Natalie Novosel with the No. 8 pick.

Peters became Notre Dame’s highest-drafted player ever, ahead of Ring of Honor member Ruth Riley, who was drafted No. 5 by the Miami Sol in 2001 after winning the national championship for the Irish.

In her career, Peters scored 1,319 points, 17th all-time for the women’s basketball program. She became the first player in program history to ever record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 blocks, 200 steals and 200 assists in her career. In her final season, she averaged 11.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She blocked 78 shots and assisted on 88 baskets.

Novosel finished her career with the second-most ever games played (144), free throws made (464) and free throws attempted (588). She scored 1,569 points, which ranks ninth all-time and shot 39.2 percent from behind the three-point line, which ranks fifth all-time in program history. During her senior campaign, Novosel averaged 15.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. She shot 82.9% from the field and 41.1% from behind the arc.

Novosel finished as a first-team All-Big East member for the last two seasons.

Stanford senior All-American Nnemkadi Ogwumike was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Los Angeles Sparks.