Ex-WNBA center now Kennesaw State women’s basketball assistant coach

There’s a bit of a Storm coming to Kennesaw.

Lanay Montgomery, who played as a center with the WNBA's Seattle Storm last year, will join Kennesaw State's women's basketball team as an assistant coach, the school announced last week.

She said she is excited to work under head coach Agnus Berenato.

“I love how she is all about women empowerment, building character and leadership off the court,” Montgomery said in a news release. “These are some of the traits that I’m also very passionate about. I’m thrilled to work with this great group of players, while sharing my knowledge for the game and life experiences with them.”

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Montgomery played a single professional season in Seattle, where she appeared in just seven games for an average of 4 minutes a game before being waived in March 2018. The Storm went on to win the WNBA championship this season.

A 6-foot-5 native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she was drafted at No. 30 in the 2017 WNBA Draft after her time at West Virginia University, where she was an integral part of the team’s success.

She set the Mountaineers' career field goal percentage record, shooting 355-of-596 for her career — a 59.6 percent clip, according to KSU. She also ranked among the best blockers in the history of the Big 12 Conference.

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In her senior season as a Mountaineer — during which the team earned a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament — she averaged 10.6 points, 8.9 boards and 2.8 blocks per game.

“She was a tremendous part of our program for the five years she was with us, and she will make a great role model and mentor to younger players,” her WVU coach Mike Carey said in the news release. “ ... Her Mountaineer family couldn’t be happier for her, and we wish her the best of luck.”

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