Women’s Basketball: Kunaiyi-Akpanah to take part in Chicago Sky training camp


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Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah goes up for the shot. The forward has been invited to take part in the Chicago Sky’s training camp.

Ella Brockway, Sports Editor

Just a few months after she finished her Northwestern career as one of the most accomplished players in program history, Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah took her first step on the path toward playing at the next level.

The Abuja, Nigeria native will participate in the Chicago Sky’s training camp, the program announced Saturday.The Sky’s camp opened Sunday, and continues through the end of month until the team’s season opener against the Minnesota Lynx on May 25.

Kunaiyi-Akpanah finished her four-year career with the Wildcats with 1,112 career rebounds, the second-most in NU history. She also ended the 2018-19 season with 19 double-doubles, setting the program’s all-time single-season record, and earned first team All-Big Ten recognition.

During the Cats’ postseason run in the NIT this spring, Kunaiyi-Akpanah set a tournament record for rebounds collected by an individual player, totalling 78 boards over the course of NU’s six games.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Kunaiyi-Akpanah and former DePaul guard Ashton Millender were added to the Sky’s training camp roster to fill the spots left by forward Gabby Williams and center Victoria Macaulay, who are still finishing seasons in Spain and Turkey, respectively.

The Sky went 13-21 overall and finished fourth in the Eastern Conference last season. Ahead of the 2019 campaign, the team has undergone a coaching change, hiring James Wade as its new coach and general manager and drafting former UConn standout Katie Lou Samuelson with the No. 4 pick in this year’s WNBA Draft.

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