PRINCETON, N.J. – Blake Dietrick ’15 has signed a training camp contract with the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Atlanta Dream.
“I couldn’t be happier for Blake earning this new opportunity with the Atlanta Dream,” said Princeton head coach Courtney Banghart. “Blake was such an improved player throughout her four-year career in the orange and black, which was capped off by one of the best senior years to date. She’s been with four WNBA teams already and three different international teams. She’s maintained such a commitment to growing her skill set and has become a very versatile threat at the highest level. She can run the lead guard, she’s an elite shooter, she can defend her position, and she can play really well with others. The WNBA has so few spots and Blake has earned it. Atlanta has a new biggest fan in me!
Dietrick was playing with the AO Dafni Agioy Dimitrioy of the Greece League. The team was 11-7 so far as the former Tiger posted 18.1 points on 50.0 percent shooting (81-of-162) along with 5.7 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Dietrick was also 35-of-85 (41.2 percent) from beyond the arc for the Greek squad. Previously, the former Tiger played for the Bendigo Spirit of the Australian National Basketball League. Earlier last season, she became the second Ivy League player ever to make a WNBA roster as she made the Seattle Storm’s opening night roster.
During her senior campaign, Dietrick helped the team to one of the greatest seasons in Ivy League history. The Tigers had an unblemished 30-0 regular season, won its fifth Ivy League title in six years, and won the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament game. The guard averaged career-highs in points (15.1), assists (4.9), and rebounds (4.5) per game en route to Associated Press and WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors. A seven-time Ivy Player of the Week, she was the conference’s unanimous choice for Player of the Year. Setting a single-season program record for assists (157), her 483 points in 2014-15 are tied for the third highest total in school history.
A two-time first-team All-Ivy selection, Dietrick is ranked fourth on the Princeton charts in three-pointers made (210) and three-point shooting percentage (.395). Sitting fourth in assists (346) and 12th in scoring (1,233), she poured in a team-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting in her final collegiate contest, a NCAA second-round loss to eventual Final Four participant Maryland.
Banghart has had five players sign a professional contract in Dietrick, Annie Tarakchian ’16, Devon Allgood ’12, Addie Micir ’11, Niveen Rasheed ’13.