St. John’s alumna selected in the WNBA draft

Lindsay Allen, shown here in 2013 after leading St. John's to the WCAC title in her final high school game, was drafted by the WNBA's New York Liberty on Thursday night. (Brian Kapur/Current file photo)

On Thursday night, Lindsay Allen got the call so many girls wish for when they grow up playing basketball — she was selected in the WNBA draft.

Allen, who graduated from St. John’s in 2013 and just wrapped up a stellar college career at Notre Dame, was drafted in the second round by the New York Liberty.

“It was a great feeling,” Allen said in an interview on Friday. “It still hasn’t really sunk in. I’m going to be heading to training camp soon. It was always my goal to play professionally and to make it to the highest level of play. That’s what the WNBA is. To be able to fulfill that dream and make a team is exciting.”

The Liberty are also pleased to add a floor general with Allen’s credentials.

“Lindsay Allen fits the mold of what we were looking for, a very high basketball IQ, a solid competitor, athletic, and a great example of what a good quality teammate is,” Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer said on the team’s website. “She is a facilitator, a guard that runs the show, possesses good leadership skills, and knows how to run a team.”

The former Cadet is already looking forward to playing in the Big Apple. “It’s really cool. I have been to New York City so many times since I’m from the East Coast and we would take trips there as a family,” she said.

Before being drafted No. 14 overall, Allen starred for the Fighting Irish for four years — starting all 149 games of her college career while helping Notre Dame to a 139-10 record and four straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular and postseason championships.

The former Cadet also re-wrote the record books at Notre Dame. Allen set the Fighting Irish’s record for single-season assists (282 in 2017), career assists at both Notre Dame and in the ACC (841), and consecutive starts at Notre Dame (149).

“It was a great career,” Allen said. “It was something I couldn’t have drawn up. I just put my head down and went to work, and I was able to win four ACC titles and start every game of my career.”

Allen joins Marissa Coleman, a 2005 graduate from St. John’s who now plays for the Indiana Fever, as the only other Cadet in the WNBA.

During Allen’s four years at the Chevy Chase school, she averaged 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists, and in her senior year she helped lift the Cadets to a 27-1 record and a WCAC title. Allen was also a McDonald’s High School All-America Team pick and the D.C. Gatorade player of the year in 2013.

“Playing in the WCAC prepared me for the moment,” said Allen. “The talent level in the WCAC is the best in the country. Getting to play against talented players like that prepared me for the college level.”

Her senior year was a time of transition for the D.C. hoops scene, with St. John’s already scheduled for another tournament as the D.C. State Athletics Association bracket was newly established. Because of that, Allen wasn’t part of a Cadets team that competed for a city or state championship on Verizon Center’s hardwood. On June 29, she’ll make up for that missed opportunity when the Liberty visit the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m.

“It will be really cool to come back home and play in front of friends and family, and see everyone that supported me up to this point in my basketball career,” Allen said.