This Friday, Feb. 3, prior to the Lady Eagles’ matchup against the Caesar Rodney Riders at 7:15 p.m., Smyrna High School will retire the jersey of former basketball standout and current member of the Chicago Sky of the WNBA, Betnijah Laney.
Laney averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior at Smyrna back in 2011. She became the first female basketball player at Smyrna to reach 1,000 career points, ending her four years at Smyrna with over 2,000 total points. Laney was also named Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year twice in 2010 and 2011, and earned a spot on the McDonald’s All-American team her senior season.
Laney moved on to play at Rutgers University, starting 107 games and averaging just over 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists per game in 129 games overall. She was named to the Big East All-Freshman team in 2012, named to the Second Team of the American Athletic Conference in 2014, and earned First-Team All-Conference honors when the Scarlet Knights moved to the Big Ten Conference in 2015.
During her senior year, she averaged 15.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
Laney was selected 17th overall in the 2015 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky. After her rookie season with the Sky, Laney signed with the Perth Lynx of the WNBL (Women’s National Basketball League) where she averaged 15 points per game, eight rebounds and four assists in 27 games.
She returned to the Sky for the 2016 WNBA season but tore her ACL in a June matchup against the Washington Mystics, taking her out for the entire season.