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Mackenzie Holmes selected No. 26 overall to Seattle Storm in 2024 WNBA Draft



Indiana women's basketball

Former Indiana star forward Mackenzie Holmes has been selected by the Seattle Storm with the 26th overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft on Monday night.

Holmes, who ended her Indiana women’s basketball career as the program’s all-time winningest player and all-time scoring leader, averaged 19.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and shot 65 percent from the floor.

She was also a multi-year All-American.

In 147 career games, Holmes averaged 17.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and shot 63.9 percent from the floor.

When Mackenzie Holmes committed to Indiana, the program had been to just six NCAA Tournaments and never been ranked in the top-20.

As she leaves, Indiana went to four straight NCAA Tournaments and were ranked in the top-20 in every season — including three years finishing the season inside the top-15.

She helped Indiana win the Big Ten regular season title in 2023 — its first in nearly 40 years. She helped IU make three Sweet Sixteens, one Elite Eight and the first-ever one-seed in the NCAA Tournament last year.

“Mackenzie Holmes has been one of our greatest players ever to put on an Indiana uniform and will go down in history as one of the greatest,” head coach Teri Moren said at the end of the season.

Despite Holmes’ selection on Monday, she’ll miss the entire 2024 WNBA season due to knee surgery. Mackenzie Holmes has dealt with knee injuries ever since her high school years. She had late-season knee injuries in each of the last three years.

“At this time to ensure my body is healthy and my playing career is as long and successful as possible, I have decided to get the necessary surgery in May to prevent further issues and alleviate the pain it has caused,” Holmes wrote in a social media post earlier this month. “I have declared for the 2024 WNBA Draft and pray that a team honors me with a selection knowing I will be ready for the start of the 2025 Training Camp. Your support, thoughts, and prayers at this time are appreciated.”

Holmes becomes the sixth Indiana women’s basketball player to be selected in the WNBA Draft.

SEE ALSO: Mackenzie Holmes expected to miss entire 2024 WNBA season following knee surgery

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