Former Eastern Iowa High School Star Wins WNBA

The Las Vegas Aces won the 2022 WNBA Championship on Sunday and a former Iowa prep star played a big role in helping them win the title.

Former Linn-Mar Lion Kiah Stokes (grabbing a rebound above) started all four games of the WNBA Finals, playing an average of just under 25 minutes per game as Las Vegas defeated the Connecticut Sun.

I hope Sun fans weren’t as excited about Stokes, daughter of former Iowa men’s basketball star Greg Stokes, as they were when she played for the University of Connecticut. Stokes helped the Huskies to three NCAA titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015. UConn was 146-10 during his career and Stokes was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year his senior year.

After college, Stokes was picked with the 11th pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft by New York. That season, she was named to the league’s second defensive team and was part of the All-Rookie Team.

After playing more than five seasons with New York (she didn’t play in 2019), Stokes signed with Las Vegas in July of last year. It was a big move. Aces starter Kiah averaged just under 26 minutes per game during the 2022 playoffs. Although she averaged just 3.7 points per game, she was the team’s second-highest rebound with 7.2 per game. . Stokes’ long wingspan (below) makes it very difficult for offensive players under the rim.

2022 WNBA Finals – Game One

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Last fall and earlier this year, Stokes also played for Fenerbahce in the Euroleague and the Women’s Basketball Super League in Turkey. If she’s playing abroad again this year, she won’t have much time to rest. The season starts in about a month.

Kiah Stokes qualified 4 times to the state tournament in Linn-Mar, where he led the Lions to the 2010 title (they reached the semifinals in all four seasons). During her high school career, she scored 1,704 points, grabbed 1,239 rebounds and blocked 515 shots…all three are Linn-Mar records.

Having conquered the high school ranks, Stokes won three national titles at UConn and has now won a championship at the highest level, the WNBA.

Kiah Stokes is a winner and sooner or later will be a member of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Basketball Hall of Fame. She will be very deserved.

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