The Atlanta Dream selected Penn State University guard Alex Bentley with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft on Monday night, and took University of Georgia guard/forward Anne Marie Armstrong with the 31st pick.
The 5’7″ Bentley is a three-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection and a two-time member of the league’s All-Defensive team. She became just the fourth player in Big Ten history to amass at least 1,500 points, 500 assists and 300 steals, joining a group that includes WNBA vets Katie Smith and Tamara Moore.
Bentley averaged more than 14 points per game in each of her final three seasons at Penn State, finishing her career with 1,786 points scored, which is eighth in program history. She also finished her career ranked second in school history in steals (325) and tied for sixth in assists (567).
As a senior, Bentley was named one of seven finalists for the Lieberman Award, given to the nation’s top Division I point guard, after averaging 14.1 points, 3.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game, leading the Big Ten and ranking sixth nationally in steals. She was also the recipient of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation’s outstanding female collegian 5’8″-and-under who excels athletically and academically. She also led the league in steals as a junior en route to earning honorable mention All-American honors.
“I’m very excited to join the Dream and to help them reach their goals,” said Bentley. “I wasn’t expecting to have the opportunity to play for such a great team. It will be an honor to play alongside Angel McCoughtry and the rest of their players. It’s ironic that I’m going to the Dream, because I’ve been saying that this whole experience has been like a dream to me. I’ve been dreaming about having this opportunity since I was a little girl.
“I hope to be able to just be who I am as a player. I like to get up and down the court, and I like playing defense. I’m very competitive, and offensively I can distribute the basketball and look to get my teammates open shots, but I can score as well.”
Armstrong, a 6’3″ native of Norcross, Ga., helped Georgia reach the Elite Eight this season, averaging 7.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. She became the 34th player in Georgia history to score 1,000 career points, and finished her career with 1,015 points.
As a junior, she earned first team All-Southeastern Conference honors by the league’s coaches after averaging 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists. She also was a two-time Miss Georgia Basketball who helped Wesleyan School win three states titles in basketball, three in volleyball and four in track and field (three individual, one team).
The two-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream will tip off its sixth season in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) on May 25 at Philips Arena.