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Chicago Sky add a pair of prospects in 2023 WNBA Draft

1 year agoKarli Bell

Two more names will be added to the 2023 Chicago Sky roster after the WNBA Draft.

The Chicago Sky traded away their 2023 first round draft pick to the Dallas Wings as part of the 4-team trade to acquire Marina Mabrey.

The Chicago Sky drafted guard Kayana Traylor (Virginia Tech) with the 23rd overall pick and forward Kseniya Malashka (Middle Tennessee) with the 35th overall pick.

Kayana Traylor, G 

Traylor averaged 11 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game and 2.9 assists per game in her senior season at Virginia Tech while shooting 43.6% from the floor and 33% from the arc. She reached 1,000 career points against Clemson in February of 2022.

The 5-foot-9 guard started her career at Purdue, where she averaged 8.8 ppg, 3.5 apg and 2.2 rpg over three seasons before transferring to Virginia Tech. 

“We are so excited to bring Kayana into the fold here in Chicago,” Chicago Sky general manager and head coach James Wade said in a press release. “We felt really great about seeing her growth throughout her college career. She is a proven winner, and we cannot wait to add her into the mix this year.”

Her new teammate in Kahleah Copper took to Twitter to welcome her to the team.

Kseniya Malashka, F

Malashka averaged 15.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.7 bpg in her final year at Middle Tennessee, leading the Blue Raiders to one of the best seasons in program history. Malashka led Conference USA with her 1.7 block average. She surpassed 1,000 career points in her final season.

The 6-foot Belarus native has racked up a list of accolades, including Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year in 2022 and 2023, multiple Player of the Week awards and made the WNIT All-Tournament team during the 2021-2022 season.

“Kseniya is a tough, hard-nosed player who had an amazing career at Middle Tennessee,” Wade said in a press release. “She is a versatile, talented forward that we are excited to see here in Chicago.”

One of her coaches at MTSU echoed his pride for his former player on Twitter. 

This now expands the Sky roster to 17 players, including training camp contract signings. The roster will be cut down to no more than 12 by the start of the regular season.

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