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Betnijah Laney

As of  Aug. 16, 2022

USA Basketball

  • Gold Medals: 2010 FIBA U17 World Cup, 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • Invited to attend 2022 USA Basketball Women’s National Team training camp from Sept. 6-12 in Las Vegas.
  • Participated in the 2022 USA National Team's February training camp in Washington, D.C.
  • Participated in the 2013 USA World University Games Team trials.
  • One of 15 finalists for the 2011 USA U19 World Cup Team.
  • As a member of the 2010 USA U17 World Cup Team that finished with an 8-0 record and the gold medal at the inaugural event, held in Rodez and Toulouse, France; played in all eight games and averaged 7.1 ppg. and 2.6 rpg.
  • Member of the 2009 USA U16 National Team the captured the FIBA Americas U16 gold medal with a perfect 5-0 in Mexico City; averaged a team third-best 13.2 ppg. to go with 3.8apg., 1.4 apg. and 1.4 spg.

Professional Notes

  • Drafted: No. 17 by the Chicago Sky in 2015; signed by the Connecticut Sun on Feb. 7, 2018; signed with the Indiana Fever on Feb. 9, 2019; signed by the Atlanta Dream on June 24, 2020; signed as a free agent with the New York Liberty on Feb. 2, 2021.
  • WNBA Most Improved Player: 2020.
  • WNBA All-Defensive first team: 2020.
  • WNBA All-Star: 2021. 
  • Has competed professionally overseas in Israel and Australia.
  • In 2022, played in nine games for the New York Liberty and averaged 11.2 points per game and 3.2 rebounds. 
  • Started all 32 games with the Liberty in 2021 and averaged a team-high 16.8 ppg., 4.1 rpg. and 5.2 apg.
  • In 2020, averaged 17.2 ppg., 4.9 rpg., 4.0 apg. and 1.6 spg. while starting all 22 games for Atlanta en route to earning the WNBA Most Improved Player award.

College Notes

  • Played four years for Rutgers University (2011-12 through 2014-15) and posted career averages of 10.9 ppg. and 7.1 rpg.
  • Associated Press All-America honorable mention (205).
  • All-Big Ten Conference first team (2015).
  • All-Met first team (2015).
  • All-American Atheltic Conference second team (2014).
  • Big East Conference All-Freshman Team (2012).
  • Had 20 double-doubles as a senior in 2014-15.

Personal Notes

  • Born in Clayton, Delaware.
  • Played for Smyrna High School in Delaware, where she earned 2011 McDonald's, Parade Magazine and WBCA All-America honors.
  • Two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year.
  • Daughter of Yolanda Laney, who was an All-America guard at Cheney State and led the Wolves to a pair of Final Fours, including a national championship appearance in 1982. Has one brother, Shakaris.

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM

G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AT BK ST

2010 U17

8/1 23- 60 .383 3-16 .188 8- 16 .500 21/2.6 57/7.1 5 1 10

2009 U16

5/0 24- 58 .414 0- 1 .000 18-25 .720 19/3.8 66/13.2 7 0 7

Totals

13/1 47-118

.398

3-17 .176 26-41 .634 40/3.1 123/9.5 12 1 17

 




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