Women's Basketball

Prechtel Picked by Sun

STANFORD, Calif. - Ashten Prechtel became the second from Stanford selected in the 2023 WNBA Draft on Monday evening, picked 34th overall in the third round by the Connecticut Sun.

Prechtel joins Haley Jones, picked sixth by the Atlanta Dream, giving the Cardinal two picks in the same draft for the first time since 2014 (Chiney Ogwumike/Mikaela Ruef).

Prechtel played in 129 career games for the Cardinal, making nine starts in her four years on The Farm. She finished with 578 points, 437 rebounds, 93 assists, 98 blocks and 37 steals in her career. Her 83 made 3-pointers were the second most by any player 6-5 or taller in the country since the start of her freshman season. 

She was named the Pac-12 Sixth Player of the Year by the media as a freshman and helped lead the Cardinal to the 2021 national championship, scoring an unforgettable 16 points, all in the second half, in Stanford's Elite Eight comeback against Louisville. After not playing in the first half, she came off the bench to go 6-for-6 from the field, including 3-for-3 from behind the arc. She also combined for 16 points in Stanford's wins over South Carolina and Arizona en route to the title. 

Since the WNBA's inaugural season (1997), 32 former Stanford players have appeared in a regular-season game and seven players have won a combined eight WNBA championships. Stanford currently features four other former players on active WNBA rosters or set for training camp in Lexie Hull (Indiana Fever), Chiney Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks) and Alanna Smith (Chicago Sky).