Alwal signs with Atlanta Dream

Duke's Elizabeth Williams guards Mississippi State's Martha Alwal (10) during the second half of a women's college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Durham, N.C., Sunday, March 22, 2015. Duke won 64-56 to advance to the Spokane regional. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Duke’s Elizabeth Williams guards Mississippi State’s Martha Alwal (10) during the second half of a women’s college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Durham, N.C., Sunday, March 22, 2015. Duke won 64-56 to advance to the Spokane regional. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Martha Alwal may have not been selected in the WNBA Draft earlier this month but the former Mississippi State standout has signed a training camp contract with the Atlanta Dream.

“I want to thank the Atlanta Dream for inviting me to training camp, and I am excited to have the opportunity to go and prove myself,” Alwal said. “I appreciate how the coaches and my teammates at Mississippi State have prepared me for this, and I plan to work as hard as I can to hopefully earn the opportunity to play for a great coach like Coach (Michael) Cooper.”

The 6-foot-4 center was projected as a second round pick but was not among the 36 players drafted during the three rounds.

The Dream will hold their training camp beginning the third week of May.

“We are excited to see someone like Martha who put in four solid years, paid her dues and had tremendous success receive this opportunity with a great organization like the Atlanta Dream. She has been a very special player for us, and we are glad to see that the work she has put in has captured the attention of the Dream,” MSU coach Vic Schaefer said. “We are optimistic she will do a good job and represent us in a positive way. This is a tremendous opportunity and one she has earned. We are excited to see how it unfolds.”

Alwal finished her career as the Bulldogs all-time leading shot blocker with 328. She also has the second most rebounds in school history (1,010) and is ninth in scoring with 1,328 points.

Alwal was a three-time All-SEC and SEC All-Defensive team selection. The Worthington, Minn., native was also the 2013-14 Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year and the 2013 Gillom Trophy winner.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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