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Women’s Basketball’s Kaila Charles Drafted by Connecticut Sun

By Maryland Athletics Staff

Maryland women’s basketball guard Kaila Charles was selected by the Connecticut Sun in the second round of the WNBA draft on Friday night.

Charles, a native of Glenn Dale, Md., was picked 23rd overall and joins former Terps Alyssa Thomas and Brionna Jones on Connecticut’s roster. The Sun went to last year’s WNBA Finals.

This year, Charles earned Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Honorable Mention honors and All-America recognition from the Associated Press and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. She garnered unanimous All-Big Ten First Team honors for the second straight year.

Charles led the Terps this season with an average of 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as they notched a 28–4 record and won 17 straight games to end the year. She helped lead Maryland to its fifth Big Ten championship in six years and its fourth Big Ten Tournament title.

She finished her career with 1,984 points, No. 6 on UMD’s all-time list. She grabbed 930 career rebounds, which is also in the top 10 of the Terrapin record books. She started in every game of her career and tied Thomas’ school record with 135 career starts.

Charles is Maryland’s 18th WNBA draft pick and 14th under Head Coach Brenda Frese.

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