Achonwa, Fever agree to contract

Tribune Staff Report
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The Indiana Fever has signed 2014 first-round draft pick Natalie Achonwa to a contract for the 2015 season. An All-American who led Notre Dame to the NCAA Final Four, Achonwa tore her left ACL in an NCAA regional final game last season and missed the 2014 WNBA season.

Achonwa spent time between South Bend and Indianapolis last summer, and now continues her rehab and workouts with Fever medical staff in Indianapolis.

The second-team AP All-American and first-team All-ACC selection, was selected ninth by the Fever selected in last year’s draft, despite the injury.

“At No. 9, Achonwa was someone we looked at all along,” said Fever President and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf following last year’s draft. “We see her as a first-round draft pick in next year’s (2015) draft. We feel like we have a player who can make that kind of impact.’’

Achonwa averaged 14.9 points and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds for Notre Dame in 2014. She was a part of a senior class that helped Notre Dame to a 138-15 record with four trips to the Final Four. She finished third in school history with 145 games played, and eighth with 970 rebounds.

Achonwa, from Hamilton, Ontario, was a member of the Canadian National Team.

Notre Dame’s Natalie Achonwa holds up an Indiana Fever jersey with WNBA president Laurel J. Richie after Indiana selected Achonwa as the No. 9 pick in the WNBA basketball draft on, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)