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Two Mountaineers on WNBA Opening Day Rosters

  • By Russell Luna
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  • May 11, 2017 08:34 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Former West Virginia University women’s basketball standouts Bria Holmes and Lanay Montgomery will be on opening day rosters for their respective WNBA teams when the season tips off on Saturday, May 13.
 
Holmes enters her second year with the Atlanta Dream after being the No. 11 overall selection in the first round of the 2016 WNBA Draft. Montgomery made the Seattle Storm roster after being the 30th overall pick in the third round of this year’s draft.
 
A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Holmes averaged 7.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 33 games and 10 starts as a rookie last season. She made 43.5 percent from the field and 27.4 percent from behind the arc. In her first season in the Israeli Premier League, Holmes averaged 14.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and shot 48.7 percent from the field in 25 games for Bnot Maccabi Ramat Gan. The team finished first in the regular season with an 18-3 record and fell to Maccabi Ashdod, 3-1, in the finals of the playoffs. However, Ramat Gan captured the 2017 Israeli Cup.
 
In the preseason with the Dream, Holmes scored 13 points and three rebounds against Minnesota on Friday, May 5.
 
Montgomery finished her career with 937 rebounds (7.1 rpg), 855 points (6.5 ppg) and 330 blocks (2.5 bpg). She set the West Virginia career field goal percentage record with a 59.6 shooting percentage (355-of-596) after breaking the program’s single-season shooting percentage in her junior and senior campaigns. Montgomery’s 330 blocks were the second-most at WVU and the fourth-highest in Big 12 Conference history. Her 7.1 rebounding average and 20 double-doubles were seventh all-time at West Virginia.
 
The Pittsburgh native was a two-year team captain and a two-year member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. Montgomery also earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors this season after averaging 10.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. She made 157-of-236 field goals for a 66.5 shooting percentage. Off the court, Montgomery was named an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree and a nominee for the Allstate Good Works Team and the Senior CLASS Award.
 
Montgomery averaged 4.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in two preseason contests with the Storm.
 
Holmes and the Atlanta Dream open the 2017 regular season at Connecticut on May 13 in a 7 p.m. ET tipoff in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Dream visit the Washington Mystics twice during the regular season with a visit on June 4 (3 p.m. ET) and July 19 (11:30 a.m. ET). Montgomery and the Storm open the regular season on May 13 against the Los Angeles Sparks in a nationally televised game on ESPN at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT. The Storm also visit the Mystics twice during the season with a 1 p.m. ET contest on June 27 and a 7 p.m. matchup on Sept. 1.