Stanford's Orrange going to the Big Apple in WNBA draft


Amber Orrange was drafted by the New York Liberty with the 23rd overall pick of the WNBA draft on Thursday.

Orrange became the 24th Stanford player overall, and 10th in the past nine years, when she was selected at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Orrange joins Cardinal grad Candice Wiggins, who was signed by the Liberty as a free agent in March.

Orrange completed her academic work at Stanford in science, technology and society a quarter early with the completion of finals at the end of the winter term.

She finished her college basketball career averaging career bests in points (13.3) and rebounds (4.0).

Orrange is one of just five Stanford players with 1,000 career points and 500 assists, along with Jennifer Azzi, Sonja Henning, Jeanette Pohlen and Nicole Powell.

Her 1,426 career points rank 20th all-time at Stanford and her 552 assists are seventh. She is one of just seven Cardinal to reach the 500-assist plateau, joining Sonja Henning (757), Jennifer Azzi (751), Milena Flores (644), Jamila Wideman (585), Nicole Powell (577) and Jeanette Pohlen (560).

A consistent performer through her career at Stanford, Orrange is also fifth in school history in games played (146) and fourth in minutes (4,200).

With Orrange on the floor, Stanford went 127-19 over her four years, including a 65-7 mark in Pac-12 games. She guided Cardinal squads to 59 wins in 64 games played in Maples Pavilion, three Pac-12 regular-season titles, three Pac-12 Tournament Championships, two Final Fours, four Sweet 16s and a 12-4 mark in 16 NCAA Tournament games.

Orrange posted career averages of 9.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 28.8 minutes per game. She shot 46.5 percent from the floor, 37.1 percent from 3-point range and 79.5 percent at the line.

For reactions from teammates Briana Roberson and Lili Thompson, visit this Instagram page.

— Stanford Athletics

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