Atlanta, Ga. – Georgia Tech recognized a familiar name when the Atlanta Dream announced the start of the 2023 season on Thursday, highlighting the Yellow Jackets. Lorella Cubbage.
Cuban was drafted in the second round (No. 18 overall pick) by the Seattle Storm in the 2022 WNBA draft and was traded to the New York Liberty to become the ninth overall Yellow Jacket selected in the WNBA draft in program history. . Cubbage played in 11 games with the Liberty, averaging 8.0 minutes and 2.1 rebounds per game. After a stint with Umana Reyer Venezia, she signed a training camp contract with the Dream and returned to Atlanta in March.
The Terni, Italy, native helped lead Georgia Tech to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2021 and 2022, and finished a storied collegiate career on the Flats as a two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2021, 2022). In the year She was instrumental in Tech’s second straight run to the Sweet 16 in 2021 and finished her collegiate career as a two-time WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches All-America honoree. Cubbage was also an All-ACC First Team selection and an All-Defensive Team honoree. She was named the 2021 and 2022 Atlanta Tipoff Club Women’s College Player of the Year and was one of the finalists for the 2022 Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The Yellow Jacket standout finished her collegiate career with 1,293 career points and 1,265 career rebounds to become the program’s all-time leading rebounder. She started 149 games and appeared in 153 (program best), averaging double figures her last two seasons.
The Atlanta Dream opens its 2023 season on Saturday, May 20 at the Dallas Wings in Texas. The 2023 season will mark 16.Th season in the WNBA for a local professional organization led by second-year head coach Tanisha Wright.
Lorela Cubaj – Atlanta Dream Training Camp
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