WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Saint Joseph's star Natasha Cloud has earned a roster spot with the WNBA's Washington Mystics for the upcoming 2015 season.

Selected by Washington with the third pick of the second round (15th overall) in the 2015 WNBA Draft, Cloud made an immediate impact for her new team during the preseason. Appearing in all three games for the Mystics, which included two starts, she averaged 10.7 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per contest, while shooting 53.8 percent from the field.

Cloud will become the first Hawk to make an regular season lineup for a WNBA team since Susan Moran in 2002 as she dons a Mystics jersey this Friday in the team's season opener at Connecticut. The third Hawk to be drafted by a WNBA team (Debbie Black in 1999 and Jana Lichnerova 2000), Cloud is the first Philadelphia Big 5 player to be drafted by a WNBA team and make the roster since Temple's Kamesha Hairston in 2007.

Among the top players in Hawk history, Cloud capped her three-year career having led SJU to two NCAA Tournament Appearances (2013, 2014), a pair of Philadelphia Big 5 titles (2014, 2015) and the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship. Coming to Hawk Hill after playing at Maryland as a rookie, the 6-foot-guard etched her name in Saint Joseph's record books numerous times as she finished third all-time in assists (582), ninth in steals (174), 16th in rebounds (535) and 20th in points (1,049).

One of only eight players in A-10 history to be named to its All-Defensive Team three times, Cloud was selected to the A-10 All-Conference First Team this past year after finishing among the national leaders in assists per game (6.6) and averaging a career-best 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Named a Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List Finalist and selected to the Naismith Trophy Watch List, she led her team in assists, steals (53) and minutes played (1,126), while finishing as the team's top scorer in 11 games and the top rebounder in six contests. 

In her first season with the Hawks, Cloud garnered Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 A-10 Championship honors as she helped SJU claim its first conference tournament title since 1999. Setting Saint Joseph's single-season mark for assists with 243 as a junior, the Broomall, Pennsylvania, native averaged 11.5 points per game and guided her squad to the Second Round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Earning a degree in Communication Studies this past May from SJU, Cloud was a also a standout in high school as the Cardinal O'Hara star was twice named to the Pennsylvania AAAA All-State Team.

Following Friday's season opener at the Sun, Cloud and the Mystics open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday versus New York at 7 p.m.

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